Sustainable Food

Feeding a growing planet — sustainably

The modern supply chain is responsible for 60 percent of all greenhouse gas emissions, 80 percent of all water use and 66 percent of all tropical deforestation. Take a closer look and you’ll find that agriculture contributes to all of these impacts. A growing population demands more food and water, leading to a strain on the environment. Agricultural production — when in concert with the environment — can benefit the environment by providing habitat, filtering water and mitigating emissions.

This also means that there are massive financial opportunities for companies serving these growing demands. However, in order to have a thriving company, you must also have a thriving environment. Food companies are facing risks in their agricultural supply chains like never before, as climate change affects weather patterns, which affects crop production. Not to mention, numerous studies prove that your customers, investors and employees care about how you act on environmental sustainability. Therefore, addressing climate change is necessary for your company’s longevity and reputation.

In working with companies along the consumer product supply chain, EDF and other NGO experts have discovered several solutions to help food supply chains become more sustainable. In order to implement these strategies, companies must find opportunities for improvement both internally and externally. Many sustainable agriculture solutions require engaging along the supply chain.

Here are two guides we’ve recently published:

Poultry sustainability guide

Dairy sustainability guide

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