The world is “off track” in meeting hunger, food security and nutrition targets that are part of the Sustainable Development Goal, the Food and Agriculture Organization said in a report released on July 18. “Being off track when it comes to reaching core pillars of the S.D.G.s unquestionably puts at risk the achievement of the entire 2030 Agenda, and makes… Read more »
The Purdue University team is now looking for industrial partners for its biodegradable, advanced barrier coating A team of Purdue University, US, researchers have manufactured an innovative new process that uses cellulose nanocrystals (CNCs) to create advanced barrier coatings for food packaging. The technology can be used to create non-toxic and biodegradable packaging solutions. The shelf-life extending process also has… Read more »
The movement to fully recyclable and biodegradable packaging materials has been gradual as consumers become more educated about the danger plastics pose to natural habitats like oceans. It’s a slow tide rising, but many experts predict that sustainable packaging is about to wash over most consumer packaged goods (C.P.G.s) within the decade. The question for baked foods and snack producers… Read more »
Bakery company Grupo Bimbo has taken a step towards its emission reduction goals after partnering with Invenergy, who will supply the company with 100 mW of wind energy. Grupo Bimbo is aiming to become the first bakery company in the US to source 100% of its energy from renewable sources and aims to achieve this ambition by 2020. The company… Read more »
When President Trump pulled the United States out of the Paris climate agreement, many were worried that it could spell the end of the accord. The concern was that if as big a player as the US was to leave, other countries would see little point in remaining. But in a strange twist of fate, the reverse has happened. Nations… Read more »
Barry Callebaut joins leading industry initiatives to develop sustainable supply chains
The Barry Callebaut Group has announced its engagement in three key industry initiatives strengthening its engagement in the development of sustainable global supply chains and agriculture. “Becoming a member of SAI Platform and Aim Progress is an important step for us in working towards sustainability in our supply chains, particularly in sugar and dairy products,” comments Massimo Selmo, head of… Read more »
Speaking at the Fortune Brainstorm Green 2014 conference on May 20, Cargill President and Chief Executive Officer David MacLennan highlighted complexities and tradeoffs involved in producing more food, more sustainably as a growing global population becomes more urban and more prosperous.
In a Joint Declaration entitled, ‘Actions towards a more sustainable European food chain’, representatives from across Europe’s food chain and the NGO community encourage EU policy makers to support a more cohesive approach to safeguarding the sustainability of food systems for future generations.
At first blush, it certainly sounds like a good word, a warm and fuzzy word. A word that surely belongs hand-in-hand with the many R words we use in sustainability conversations. It’s a word that conveys a sense of closing nature’s loop and returning materials right back into the bosom of mother earth. But the B word—”biodegradable”—has no place in modern sustainability conversations. It’s outdated. Maybe it used to be the holy grail of the quest to make materials more sustainable, but we’ve gotten smarter. We’ve learned. It’s now time for our lexicon to reflect how much we know, and it’s time for us to use our modern understanding of sustainability to have meaningful conversations—conversations that don’t include yesterday’s buzzwords. So, thanks, B word, we’ve learned a lot from talking about you, but it’s time for us to part ways.