Climate change: What to do as a food company?
This month, we’re focusing on climate change at Foodware 365. A subject that has been in the news for years now, and rightly so. The consequences of climate change are enormous. To name just a few: more flooding, shortages of food and drinking water, acidification of the oceans, and reduction of biodiversity. All these consequences have a great impact on the production and trading companies in the food industry. Global warming cannot be stopped, but it will go a lot slower if less CO2 is emitted worldwide. Something we all have to work on.
Facts & Figures
To start, some facts and figures about climate change and the food industry. Rising temperatures are predicted to reduce catches to the world’s best-known fish species by 40%. A lot of food is still thrown away, which generates around 8% of the annual greenhouse gas emissions. Also, food production has increased by 60% to keep up with the growth of the population, and climate change seriously puts this at risk. The global temperature is expected to rise by 4 degrees by 2100 if we don’t reduce our greenhouse gas emissions. Enough disturbing numbers we would say.
The effects of climate change on food production
The impact of climate change on food production is significant. For example, a 4-degree increase in temperature could lead to a 50% reduction in crop yields. Many farmers highly depend on the predictable weather forecasts, to which they have adapted their agriculture. Climate change is changing precipitation patterns all over the world, making this increasingly difficult. Global warming also leads to warmer oceans, which then leads to migrating fish and shellfish, in search of cold water. This, of course, affects fishers, who have to choose between following the fish or fishing for other species. Warming and acidification of the ocean also increase the risk of disease in marine animals, such as oysters and salmon.
What to do as a food company?
In addition to consumers, it is also up to companies to combat climate change. Especially when looking at the significant consequences that climate change can have on the food industry, it’s a logical (and much needed) step that you, as a food company have to take. But what can you do as a food company to prevent global warming as much as possible?
- Increasing your energy efficiency: Many companies use more fuel and produce more greenhouse gasses than necessary. By optimizing your business processes, this often can be reduced significantly. Besides, you also save money by doing this. Killing two birds with one stone.
- Transition to renewable and cleaner sources: Companies can switch their energy sources to cleaner alternatives, like wind or solar energy.
- Recycle as much as possible: By recycling instead of throwing away, you can reduce your ecological footprint considerably.
- Check your waste: What still needs to be thrown away, needs to have a strict waste policy. Much waste contains toxic materials, which emit greenhouse gases. Waste neutralization and composting is an efficient way to reduce toxic waste.
It might seem pointless when it’s just your food company taking these steps, but every small step counts. Every consumer and company can have added value in this changing climate. With the use of a software solution like Foodware 365, various challenges can easily be tackled.
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