By supporting farmer-led education and the assessment of ecosystem and economic benefits, the food industry can further accelerate the adoption of regenerative agriculture to drive positive change in food systems. Almost all sectors and members of the food industry are creating and communicating sustainability initiatives. Processed foods include broad-spectrum products and many include food groups that should be encouraged, such as fruits, vegetables, legumes, whole grains, nuts and seeds, and low-fat dairy products. Informing the typical consumer and helping them identify and select foods that are widely available, that are affordable and practical, but that are still nutrient-rich and sustainably sourced, is likely to be more effective than recommendations for avoiding the foods they currently consume and enjoy.
So what does this mean for the food industry? The food industry is enormous and involves growing and producing food, transporting it, preparing it, packaging it and disposing of it. It's easy to see that the food industry has a negative impact on the environment, but many members of the food industry are taking steps to improve sustainability efforts. This will help consumers to see how the food they currently enjoy can be produced sustainably and will allow them to participate by eliminating perceived barriers to buying sustainable food. Packaged foods can help provide access to healthy, that is, nutrient-rich foods, regardless of the economic situation.
In addition, the recent pandemic highlighted the fragility of the food supply when the accessibility and affordability of food became major concerns. It is understood that the cost of food is the main barrier to selection if the food tastes acceptable. As long as food can be produced sustainably and is rich in nutrients, the processing itself should not adversely affect whether or not the food is recommended, as it reduces consumer choices. Sustainably sourced, nutrient-rich packaged foods can help attract consumers who don't prioritize, feel they can't afford, or simply don't have access to “fresh” and “locally sourced” foods that are traditionally considered sustainable.
The emergence of new companies with a sustainability mentality in the food sector and industry can help reshape the food industry to focus on more sustainable practices. Unfortunately, this recommendation has meant that the term “processed foods” has a very negative connotation, even though food processing can also improve the nutritional attributes of foods and increase the incorporation of nutrient-rich products into daily diets. Companies in the F& billion people understand the crucial importance of sustainability and are doing a lot to achieve it, since consumer pressure and the direct impact of climate change on industry force them to prioritize food supply, ecological processes, products and packaging and the reduction of food waste.