How sustainable is our food?
The food sector has a massive impact on our environment! Nowadays food waste is responsible for 8% of our global greenhouse gas emission, which is 6 times more than the global aviation sector! Here, the greenhouse gas emissions during production, processing, transportation and sales are not yet accounted for!
We at NEO Network feel committed to addressing this challenge!
In Switzerland, around every third food item produced for consumption ends up in the garbage. This corresponds to approximately 330 kg/person or 2,800 tonnes per year in Switzerland. Food waste is not only created in our homes but on all levels when it comes to food production.
For instance, when the farmer’s food doesn’t meet some standard requirements for transportation or sale or delayed delivery, it goes to waste. Additionally, restaurants, take-aways, fast-food chains, canteens, and others produce food waste daily because it got cold or the guests haven’t finished their dishes.
Packaging and Circular Economy
A lot of packaging material is used for transportation and in stores when it comes to the sale of food, which is not sustainable and pollutes the climate. Not only the plastic waste in the sea or the forests are problematic, but also any single-use packaging such as Styrofoam, cardboard cups, aluminum cans, glass bottles, or bags of chips that are disposed in a normal way. The environment gets harmed on the one hand already during the production phase (resources, processing, transportation, etc.). On the other hand, when the food is disposed of (incineration, landfill, etc.). Unfortunately, there are not yet that many approaches and solutions to this global problem.
Digital Transformation in Food
Digital transformation is unstoppable and a topic in almost every area. The food industry is also digitizing agriculture and the supply chain. For example, farmers in the USA are already using autonomous tractors to fertilise their large fields. Drones are used to seed fields and pick ripe fruits and vegetables. Additionally, there are different approaches to digitization in various supply chain phases.
Do you have an idea how digitization in the field or the supply chain can be developed?Sign up for the NEO Climate Innovation Challenge to help change these vast and various challenges that need to be tackled together. We are looking for people who would like to deal with these topics intensively during the NEO Climate Innovation Challenge, and maybe you or your team will find a sustainable solution that will change the world!
Our program includes
More details will be announced soon!
Who can participate?
Everyone who would like to contribute to solve the current sustainability problem in the food industry. It doesn’t matter if you are a student, young professional, or already retired! We truly believe that the more diverse the team is the better the solutions will be!
Would you like to participate in the challenge and contribute to solving the current sustainability problem? Then sign up either as an individual or as a group. You will then work on the same topic, which you can indicate while filling out the application form.