Food Chain

Challenges:

Food production is one of the primary sources of waste generation, and rising demand and climate change are threatening global food systems. The food and agriculture chain – from production to processing, consumption, and waste management – is responsible for a significant proportion of global Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions. As the global population continues to increase over the coming decades, the food sector will continue to expand; unless sustainable solutions are implemented challenges associated with waste will be further exacerbated. There is also likely to be a significant increase in related to food packaging. According to the World Economic Forum’s 2016 report “The New Plastics Economy”, the use of plastics packaging of food products is expected to nearly quadruple by 2050.

 

In addition to the release of GHGs, food supply chains consume large quantities of non-renewable resources, as well as both water and land. In light of strict border carbon tariffs being implemented, this sector is predicted to be adversely impacted. This is particularly the case for operations with tight profit margins, that are likely to face product or process redesign requirements in the near future.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                               GHG emissions from the components of current food chain 

Our Capabilities:

  • Techno-economic and life cycle assessments of VAPs as a tool to support regenerative farming practices

  • Strategies for odour reduction from a range of food-related industries, including household food waste, livestock farming, dairy production, food processing, and hospitality. Click here to find out more about our Odouroff media for odour control.

  • Strategies for product recycling including mitigating extended producer responsibility (EPR) and product stewardship requirements

  • Advice on reduction of GHGs through the production of VAPs, in combination with generating values and reducing the need for landfilling or incineration

  • Advice on options for pre-treatment of food waste for downstream use or processing, such as composting, to divert food waste away from municipal landfills

  • Strategies for permanently sequestering carbon into soils, generating carbon offsets whilst improving soil health and benefiting the soil ecosystem

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