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You might be familiar with the term sustainability as nowadays this concept is largely emphasized and publicized by companies in media advertisements as well as on the packaging of many kinds of food products. But what exactly does it mean?

It can be defined as the juncture point between the capacity of meeting of our current needs as a society and the preservation of biodiversity and natural ecosystems to allow future generations to meet their needs. This is particularly important, especially in a world where life expectancy and birth rates are higher than ever; with populations steadily increasing worldwide, the measures taken by governments (via regulations and restrictions), industries (mainly through adoption of viable resources for their production) and by single individuals (as a result of responsible grocery shopping) become crucial. Sustainability can be divided into 3 main categories: economic, environmental, and social.

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This article aims to look into one of the most relevant aspects of environmental sustainability: food production. How can we guarantee these processes to be as harmless as possible in terms of environmental impact while still being able to satisfy their demand? First, we need to sort sustainable food sources into their main branches, of which there are 3: farming (everything regarding agriculture), fishing (avoiding the overfishing of endangered species of fish) and meat production (maximizing the efficiency of meat production to reduce its environmental impact).

The idea behind this concept is that sustainable sources should not only have low environmental pressure and impact, but should also be more accessible, affordable, safe and equitable. Hereunder is a look at a some of examples of sustainable foods.

Here are a few tips for you to start contributing to the cause of sustainability. You can do so by shifting your diet towards more ecological solutions:

Grow your own food (not only is it healthy and tasty but it could give you an understanding of the factors involved in making plants thrive, making you rethink your approach towards vegetables)

Shop locally (allows for fresher, more affordable products while supporting your local economy)

Eat seasonally (focus on foods that are available in season in your area. Imported fruits and vegetables form faraway countries goes against the very essence of the definition of sustainability)

Use less packaging (try to avoid plastic bottles, use refillable glass bottles instead; try packing multiple foods together)

Rethink your grocery list (try to avoid heavily processed foods and opt for less meat and more vegetables)

Our Role.

Xnext® is very effective in granting food sustainability. For instance, when food products are recalled due to reports of physical contamination, it is always the entire batch that suffers the consequences which inevitably translate into relevant amounts of food waste. With our patented inspection technology XSpectra® we can prevent this from happening.

Operating at up to 1024 energy levels, our system can detect and automatically expel more types of foreign bodies than any other conventional inspection system currently in existence, including low-density matters, allowing us to certify the highest level of protection against these impurities. Avoiding food contamination is key to a sustainable environment. This is what makes us such a fundamental member on our journey towards a greener planet.

Bibliography:

https://www.investopedia.com/terms/s/social-impact-statement.asp 13/05/21

https://www.who.int/publications/i/item/9789241516648 13/05/21

https://www.eatright.org/health/lifestyle/culture-and-traditions/sustainable-eating 13/05/21

https://diversity.social/sustainability-important/ 13/05/21

https://www.epa.gov/greeningepa/federal-sustainability-requirements-and-guidelines 13/05/21

https://www.environmentalscience.org/sustainability 13/05/21