Sustainable food supply chains


A sustainable food supply chain is a system that aims to provide food to consumers while minimizing the negative impact on the environment, preserving natural resources, and promoting social and economic well-being. It involves the production, processing, packaging, transportation, distribution, and consumption of food products. This means that the focus is not just on the end product, but also on the processes that are involved in getting the food to the consumer. Key Aspects of Sustainable Food Supply Chain Management:

  1. Organic farming employs natural fertilizers and pest control methods, avoiding synthetic chemicals. This approach enhances soil health, reduces environmental pollution, and yields nutrient-rich, healthier food.
  2. Regenerative agriculture takes a holistic approach to farming, focusing on improving soil health, fostering biodiversity, and mitigating the environmental impact of agriculture. Practices include crop rotation, cover cropping, conservation tillage, and the use of compost and other natural inputs.
  3. Addressing food waste is integral to sustainable sourcing and production. This involves implementing strategies to minimize waste at every stage of the food supply chain, from farm to table.
  4. Effective and transparent supply chain management plays a crucial role in establishing a sustainable food system. This entails optimizing the flow of goods and services from production to consumption, with a commitment to waste reduction, improved efficiency, and transparency. Minimizing waste and packaging is vital for creating a sustainable food system, as excessive packaging and food waste contribute to environmental and social issues such as greenhouse gas emissions, water pollution, and food insecurity.
  5. The concepts of the circular economy and resource recovery are essential in shaping a sustainable food system. The circular economy aims to minimize waste and maximize resource use by prolonging the lifespan of materials. Resource recovery involves extracting valuable materials from waste streams for the creation of new products or energy generation.
  1. Sustainable Food Supply Chains Planning, Design, and Control through Interdisciplinary Methodologies, 2019. Accorsi R. and Manzini R. eBook ISBN: 9780128134122