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Food and Agriculture

Project summary

Feeding the community is one of the biggest challenges facing the private and public sectors. Whether there are disparities in access to healthy foods, pricing, or ensuring enough for everyone, industries across sectors play a critical role in the food and agriculture industries.

Given the growing concerns regarding the quality of food, compounded by decreased activity levels across the population, health and medical services may be put under pressure under current system process - resulting in excess costs, loss of life, and general quality of living.

Further concerns also revolve around general food waste and the cost and environmental impositions that food manufacture and production have. For example, restaurant take-out orders create excessive waste, and communities may find it beneficial to implement plans that reduce these levels of waste without compromising services or putting undue financial burdens on the business community.

Fortunately, there are many different solutions that may be beneficial to ensure that communities are being fed in a sustainable manner, without sacrificing nutritional or natural human needs.

Project status

This project is still in the beginning stages of development. 

Goals

Given the vast environmental impact that the agriculture and food industries can have, working to find long-term sustainable solutions can help communities better respond to crisis while potentially taking off economic burdens that result from things like pollution, health disparities, and others.

Top goals include:
 

  • Reducing take-away consumer waste through cooperative agreements.

  • Improving access to whole foods with limited chemicals and preservatives - without increasing disease.

  • Reducing food manufacture and consumption waste, with emphasis on animal products.

  • Improving consumer knowledge on healthy food practices without compromising deliciousness.

  • Eliminating stigma surrounding food, with focus on combating disordered eating and cultural stigmas.

Expected Roadblocks

The topic of food can be extremely controversial for some, and there is significant business in the feeding of people. With that in mind, roadblocks may include:

  • Resistance from restaurants and others who may not want to modify process or recipes, even if there are short- and long-term benefits for the community.

  • Consumers not being interested in modifying food habits.

  • Identifying "best" practices for a given community, especially one with a diverse population that may have a complex food portfolio.

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