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A Sustainable Food System: What it is, what it is not

Editorial by: Gert Keiner, Food Industry Segment Leader Europe, Middle East, and Africa – DuPont

How to get sustainable food systems? Ingredients can be sustainable, but that’s not the only answer. Higher yield alone isn’t the right answer. Even government isn’t. There is no one solution. Collaboration is what makes it a food system, and collaboration must drive innovation to make the whole more sustainable than the individual players and their contributions could. As DuPont plays a part in most steps of the agriculture and food chain, we’re particularly committed to this collaboration. Today is World Food Day, and it is “an opportunity to help bring about the future we want.” To get there together, it’s important to lay out what a sustainable food system is, and what it is not.

As the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) says, a food system is made up of the environment, people, institutions, and processes, and it’s what it takes to get food to all of us. And with the global population growing as it is, the systems we use to produce, process, and bring agricultural products to consumers simply must be sustainable.

One common tendency is to think that the answer is local food—shopping close to home, going to a small market. Local systems can sometimes be efficient, but it is not only about eating within a certain radius. Sustainability needs efficiency, and efficiency is really about getting the most out of what you put in. With a global hunger problem, local systems are just one part of the interconnected efforts needed to make sure we can continue producing nutritious food for the future.

For a global system, the collaboration must be global. It’s the way we solve challenges that needs to be rooted in the local reality… Read the rest of this editorial here.
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Enough: Our Fight for a Food Secure Tomorrow

Simmons Previews New White Paper at World Food Prize Side Event

The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST) 2013 Borlaug CAST Communication Award recipient, Jeff Simmons, President of Elanco, spoke at a morning event in conjunction with the World Food Prize Symposium in Des Moines, Iowa. Recipients of this annual award are science/agriculture experts who demonstrate an ability to communicate by written material, public presentations, and various forms of media.

At a morning reception, Simmons previewed his new white paper, Enough: Our Fight for a Food Secure Tomorrow

Simmons laid down a challenge in his reception speech: “Food security is solvable. Unlike many of our world’s challenges, there are clear solutions. There is a window of opportunity to meet the challenge. We have enough time—just enough—if we act now.”

Visit the CAST website for updated information about the award, presentation, and Simmons’ paper.

World Food Day and Sustainable Food Systems

Sustainable food systems for food security and nutrition is the focus of the 2013 World Food Day. As the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations says, a food system is made up of the environment, people, institutions, and processes, and it’s what it takes to get food to all of us. And with the global population growing as it is, the systems we use to produce, process, and bring agricultural products to consumers simply must be sustainable.

DuPont is has a role to play in most steps of the agriculture and food chain, and we see this need for collaboration as the key to achieve a sustainable system.

Here’s an illustrated INFOGRAPHIC depicting issues related to a sustainable food system:

Sustainable Food Systems Infographic

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