Promoting sustainability at Feeding Billions

One of the key missions for Feeding Billions as it continues to grow is to promote sustainability. As the partners of the industrial catering services, it is also pertinent to bring practices that will help promote wastage control.

The catering industry has grown manifold in the last decade. The onus of this growth lies in the continued efforts and seamless services provided by the caterers over this period. The catering industry has a unique opportunity at hand to find ways that will help them decrease waste and initiate an effort to help protect the environment.

As more corporations begin to rely on industry catering experts, there is an increase in demand for raw materials. To meet the surge in demand the caterers usually end up purchasing in bulk, mostly ignoring the wastage part.

At Feeding Billions, one of our main objectives is to carefully study the inventory before the purchase is made. This helps in sorting out products that are not required or have been ordered in access. A small approach here helps to develop a model towards effective sustainability practice for the future.

Some of the reasons why industry catering services should promote sustainability:

The impact goes beyond food

When an industry caterer places a bulk order, it has a chain effect for everyone involved with the consignment. From producers to distributors, each one in the process can contribute to reducing wastage.

The caterer can gauge the way their orders are produced and packaged. This will help them identify ways to balance the impact on the environment as the shipment is prepared.

Producer friendly approach

Understanding the food chain is a very important aspect of helping the producers. The caterers should opt for methods that will help the farmers find value for their produce. When the farmer gets paid evenly, it prohibits them from going for practices that will yield more at the cost of soil quality. As the practice becomes organic, it will eliminate the use of pesticides and chemicals in farms.

Environment impact evaluation

To meet the tall order of the rising population, the environment has to undergo a lot of scrutiny. To fulfil the demand, technology is used to bring changes that are abnormal to nature. One of the prime examples of this effect is the concern about climate change. The goal, therefore, is to see that the environment is not further degraded. This can be achieved by evaluating the impact a particular place takes to produce raw materials and avoid disturbing ecosystems by creating man-made barrages.

Promote healthy food

When the farmer is not under tremendous pressure to create food, they restrain from ascertaining chemical methods. This will help the farmer produce organically healthy food that not only benefits the environment but also promotes healthy food crops. As an industry caterer, one should try to purchase such foods and make it their selling pitch as well. Once people get used to eating healthy, it will help build a community that prefers healthy food over others.

Animal welfare and protection

Animals in the yard are farmers’ best friends. Selflessly they help the farmer produce their crop. However, with the added pressure to produce rapidly, the animals are getting subjected to ill-treatment. The fast-moving produce impacts the quality of pasture animals get to feed. This in turn has an impact on the soil quality of the land.

Use of the composting technique

Even after placing checks and balances, there is a possibility that a lot of food gets wasted at the end of the day or event. The industry caterers at this point can use the technique of composting to make the best use of the food. Instead of dumping the food anywhere, it can be used to create fuel for local use. If possible, some of the caterers can join hands and make this a joint effort.

Using leftover food

The other kind of food that remains besides the waste is the leftover. Industry caterers have to process a lot of food each day. At this high consumption rate, the wastage of food becomes inevitable. The caterer has two options at this point. First, to distribute the leftover food to the people in need. Secondly, if it is not possible to distribute the food, the chef can try to make a secondary dish from the leftovers. For example, the leftover vegetables can be used to prepare stock and stews.

Promoting sustainability is a lifestyle alteration. At Feeding Billions there is an attempt to move towards the same. One step at a time.

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