To build a more efficient, and more sustainable, future, it’s going to take a big effort across all industries, and while there’s been an emerging renewable energy evolution taking place (especially in solar PV, as the cost of solar continues to drop), and an increasing focus on water conservation and efficiency, there’s another huge area for improvement, and that’s in our food supply chain.
The opportunities for greening the food supply chain can come from a variety of tactics, ranging from converting ag and farm wastes into either energy or “fuel for the farm” in the form of compost, to increasing the transportation efficiency of food, to conducting life cycle assessments to ascertain the weakest points in a product’s supply chain, to looking at what happens at a product’s end-of-life.
As we move toward an increasingly populated world, with a growing appetite, it will become increasingly more important to develop methods and processes in the food industry which reduce carbon emissions, reduce food waste, and boost the bottom line for businesses in the agriculture and food industry. These opportunities to green the food supply chain could be great challenges for eco-entrepreneurs and startups to address, by building innovative solutions for growers, distributors, transporters, retailers, and food manufacturers.
The following infographic, from Marylhurst University’s Online MBA in Sustainable Business program, highlights some of the key issues and benefits of greening the food supply chain: