While sustainable agriculture and farming methods may be a growing trend in the industry, it’s certainly not a passing fad.
In fact, the future of mankind’s existence on Earth may depend on whether we take action and support sustainable ingredients today or wait until it’s too late. Here are 3 reasons why it’s time to take a stand and insist on using sustainably sourced ingredients, whenever possible.
Fact #1: The world will have 9.6 billion people to feed by 2050.
According to a United Nations report1, there will be an estimated 9.6 billion people to feed by the year 2050. As the world population continues to grow, there is a pressing need for a significant increase in food production that is not only permanent but also sustainable. We need to farm in ways that will guarantee our ability to feed not just the next generation, but many generations after that.
Fact #2: 13.5% of global greenhouse gas emissions come from agriculture.
This is the result of existing cultivation practices (many of which are not sustainable), as well as forest areas being used for agricultural purposes. Moving forward, it is essential that we are able to increase our food supplies, while reducing its overall toll on the environment.
Fact #3: There’s enough food for everyone, yet people are hungry.
Globally, there is more than enough food to feed every person on earth. Yet, there are over 850 million people around the world who go to sleep hungry and suffer from malnutrition. Why? Because in parts of the world, there are people who lack the resources to either grow food or purchase it. We need to help these communities, especially when our business activities are in their vicinity.
There are dozens of reasons why you should choose sustainably sourced ingredients, whenever possible. The livelihood of future generations depends on what we choose to do today.
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