Sustainability and Disruption
Mars, in a partnership, is building a 200MW wind farm near Lamesa, Texas, that will generate 100 percent of the electricity needs of all of Mars’ US operations. Mars claims it's the biggest long-term commitment to renewable energy use of any food manufacturing business in the US.
Aquaculture will provide close to two thirds of global food fish consumption by 2030 as catches from wild capture fisheries level off and demand from an emerging global middle class, especially in China, substantially increases.
More than 90% of Americans are confused by the “sell by”, “use by” and “best before” labels on the foods sold at grocery stores - and prematurely discard edibles because they’ve misinterpreted the dates stamped on the products, according to a report released this week.
Modern agriculture requires massive quantities of synthetic fertilizers, especially nitrogen, but they are a huge cost and a source of pollution. Now, a scientist at the University of Nottingham has developed what he claims is an environmentally-friendly process that allows virtually any type of plant to obtain naturally-occurring nitrogen directly from the atmosphere.
In recent years, food waste has arisen as a major topic as we come to terms with feeding an extra two billion people by the middle of this century. Rather than just relying on additional food production to feed a growing planet, the opportunity to reduce or prevent post-harvest food waste offers an attractive option to wage a war on food waste.
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