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David Moreno

So did you try out a meatless Monday? For me, it had to be a meatless Wednesday, but it still counts.

In my last blog post, I mentioned a few things we can do to save the environment when it comes to food.

This time, let’s see what the chemical industry is doing to ensure sustainable food production.

Current projections estimate that the world population is growing by roughly 1 billion people every 20 years. That is a mind-blowing figure, and its consequences can hurt us deeply. The rate of people living below the poverty line is increasing, so more and more people will live in unbearable circumstances suffering from hunger, and social unrest will increase all over the planet.

That’s a big concern for many industries, including the chemical industry, which is working hard to find solutions so that all these people can be fed. The size of the planet and the amount of its resources won’t grow, so our only chance is to make a radical change towards sustainable food.

As we know, sustainability consists of three major pillars: the environmental aspect, the social aspect and the economic aspect. In order to embrace all three aspects and make them interact in the best possible way, BASF has launched SET, its very own sustainability initiative for the nutrition and health industries. Its business model includes 14 implemented projects in Asia, Europe and the Americas. They apply several methodologies of the highest standards to make product sustainability tangible. “We need to provide more with less” is their formula to provide impacting solutions for the future. Find out more here:

Video: http://www.set-initiative.basf.com/web/global/set-initiative/en_GB/film

 

Other chemical giants like Dow or Bayer also have a sustainability strategy: they work on scientific and technological solutions to make crop–cultivation more profitable, productive and responsible.

For example, some people are sensitive to products containing gluten, a protein most notably found in bread. One of the most prominent examples is the world’s best tennis player, Novak Djokovic. Since he started a gluten-free diet, his results on the court have been spectacular. But that doesn’t mean you have to give up eating bread if you don’t tolerate gluten. Dow has developed a plant-based cellulose that imitates gluten attributes:

Dow has also developed a range of healthier oils, solutions for water treatment etc.

Bayer CropScience commits to securing the future of farming by focusing on innovative crop solutions in the following fields:

http://www.cropscience.bayer.com/en/Products-and-Innovation/Key-Crops.aspx

And there are many more companies working hard for a sustainable future for our food.

But one thing is clear: industry alone cannot save us. Governments alone cannot save us. We all have to contribute in order to save the environment and feed 9 billion people in 2050. We have to increase our demand for sustainable food to speed up the whole process. If we do that, we won’t just be doing it for ourselves, but for every single person on the planet.