5 New Ideas for Sustainable Food
The understanding of sustainability in the field of food is a view that covers all factors such as the production, distribution, preservation and consumption of food. The steps taken and preferred methods in all these factors affect not only the environment but also the public health, animal welfare and the regional economy.
We continue to think about innovations that can be useful in food production and preservation. Below is a list of ideas that have emerged in many areas, from reducing food waste to reducing the use of plastic and making distribution more transparent.
1- Production of Healthy Food Additives from Agricultural Wastes
Canadian firm Comet Bio has succeeded in producing sustainable sweetening and nutritional supplements using agricultural waste. Using proprietary and two-step conversion technology, companies collaborate with farmers to recycle a variety of products from leaves, stems and other standard harvest wastes.
This recycling provides a profitable option by reducing consumption, contributing to environmental pollution and sustainability. In this way, it can contribute to numerous industries. Conversion methods like these can also be made into building materials for sustainable buildings.
2- Packing Food Materials with Banana Leaves Instead of Plastic
Some grocery stores in Thailand and Vietnam have started packaging food products with banana leaves. Due to the climates of these countries, banana trees are common species and the length of the leaves on this tree can reach up to 3 meters. The leaves can be easily preferred for packaging due to their robustness, as well as being able to dissolve in nature and remain on shelves for months, making them ideal for packaging freshly requested and best-selling foodstuffs.
Many grocery stores in Vietnam are turning to environmentally friendly packaging methods. The chain of stores called Lotte Mart uses boxes made of sugar cane waste, and paper instead of plastic to wrap the eggs. Big C, another grocery chain, offers its customers shopping bags made of corn powder and soluble in nature.
Some of the other methods are developed for the purpose of storing food in Turkey has KOFA coating material produced from known and used plant oil produced from naturally degradable plastic can be shown.
3- Determining When Foodstuffs Will Spoil with the Help of Sensors
Inexpensive and environmentally friendly sensors developed by researchers from Imperial College in London were manufactured by printing carbon electrodes on paper. In this way, it became soluble in nature and harmless. These sensors can detect the ammonia and trimethylamine gases that meat and fish release when they start to spoil.
Thanks to the sensors working in conjunction with the smartphone application, customers can easily find out whether the product in the package is suitable for eating. Its developers hope that this packaging technology will be widely used in the future.
Another development aiming to reduce the use of plastic along with food waste is; It is claimed that the method of coating foods with edible thin membrane instead of plastic package, which will increase their shelf life. Another innovation is the idea of recycling waste foodstuffs in the textile industry.
4- Using 3D Printers to Produce Synthetic Meat
Giuseppe Scionti, the founder of Nova Meat, who developed the way to produce synthetic red or white meat using a 3D printer and protein from vegetables.
Meat can mimic the appearance of red or white meat. Meat pressing comes to life with the use of vegetable proteins that offer proteins similar to those found in red meat. While the total cost of 100 grams of synthetic meat is just $ 3, fully sustainable raw materials are used.
Nowadays, the number of people who give up eating meat is increasing. At this point, such a sustainable alternative can gain attention. Although soy-based alternatives are popular choices, the production of soy cannot always be classified as environmentally friendly.
5- Using Blockchain Technology to Track Food Production and Distribution Process
Ripe.io, the venture firm established in the United States, aims to monitor food production and provide real-time data so that you can learn about the distribution and safety of foodstuffs. In summary, it means reflecting the supply of food products to the digital environment, revealing it with blockchain technology and making it global and serving the whole food sector.
One of the first projects implemented by Ripe.io is "Internet of Tomatoes", which they abbreviated as IoT. In this project, they produced more efficient tomatoes using the enormous amounts of data they obtained from farms. The system they have now developed will work with a similar logic and will enable a more transparent relationship between manufacturers, distributors, laboratories, restaurants, markets and similar institutions.
Thanks to the innovations and ideas mentioned above, the words "sustainable" and "natural" will become insufficient for consumers. People will start to demand products that are friendly with nature and produced in the best way.