With energy efficiency on everyone’s mind in the last few years, experts are looking into ways to make the general food chain more ecologically conscious as well Converting farm waste into energy is one of the most efficient ways to reduce our carbon footprint, while earning additional income as well. It was reported that the process of converting waste into energy or farm fuel can end up generating as much as twenty eight billion dollars in 2016. This is a significant increase from eighteen billion dollars in 2012.
Additionally, advancements made in logistic technology can make it much easier to transport food while reducing the environmental impact of such operations. Refrigerated boxcars can hold upwards of four truckloads, while reducing all of the harmful emissions that the same number of trucks would end up producing. These railways will be able to move all across the country while utilizing green technology.
Life cycle assessments can bring better farming techniques and animal awareness to farmers and those who regularly work with the meat industry. Collaborating with farmers and adjusting the way that they are paid will end up bringing much larger improvements into the food handling industry itself, starting at the source.
There are numerous ways that suppliers can make their practices greener as well. Major corporations can work with scorecards to see their carbon emissions and adjust them in order for their practices to become greener and healthier for the planet.
To learn more about the many ways we can create a more sustainable and eco-friendly food supply chain, checkout this infographic below created by Marylhurst University’s Online MBA in Sustainable Business program.