Sustainable Agricultural Initiative: Further Steps to Food Security

The world population is slated to reach nine billion by the year 2050 and with the demands of a growing population comes the need for a sustainable food supply. The August issue of Food Technology magazine published by the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) includes an article about the SAI Platform (Sustainable Agriculture Initiative), a global initiative helping food and drink companies achieve sustainable production and sourcing of raw agricultural materials.


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Bonn, 29 August 2013 - The increasing need for food production is well documented: To feed nine billion people in 2050, the food production must rise by 70 %. However, there are several major challenges along the way. Climate change, biodiversity loss, soil degradation and aging farmers are putting massive pressure on the goal of increasing food production. Many food and beverage companies have therefore decided to include sustainable sourcing in their corporate strategies.

The August issue of Food Technology magazine published by the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) includes an article about the SAI Platform (Sustainable Agriculture Initiative), a global initiative helping food and drink companies achieve sustainable production and sourcing of raw agricultural materials. The SAI Platform brings together members who share knowledge and initiatives to support sustainable agricultural practices. Currently there are over 50 global members (including Unilever, FrieslandCampina and Heineken), collaborating with millions of farmers worldwide who have the potential to influence sustainable farming practices in every agricultural producing country. The definition agreed upon by SAI Platform’s members is this: "Sustainable agriculture is the efficient production of safe, high quality agricultural products, in a way that protects and improves the natural environment, the social and economic conditions of farmers, their employees, and local communities, and safeguards the health and welfare of all farmed species.”

"Being the largest organization of its nature, SAI Platform has been an influential force in embedding sustainable agriculture in the food and beverage industry globally,” said Ernesto Brovelli, President of SAI Platform and Senior Manager, Sustainable Agriculture, The Coca-Cola Co. From the initial phases of product development and ingredient selection, to informing customers on issues related to sustainable agriculture, SAI Platform provides thought leadership and rallies for action.”

For further information, visit the homepage of the Institute for Food Technologists and read the whole article, including three different approaches to advancing the pursuit of sustainable sourcing from SAI Platform member companies: here.  
Tags: Biodiversity Management | Agriculture and food | Natural Resources | Food Industry


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