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Wyma champions sustainability in global food production with new comprehensive guide

Wyma, a leading manufacturer of post-harvest equipment, has unveiled a comprehensive sustainability guide, shedding light on the critical intersection of global food production and sustainable practices, titled “Sustainability in Food Production“. As the world faces unprecedented challenges in feeding a growing population amidst climate change and resource scarcity, Wyma emphasizes the urgent need for innovation and efficiency in the food production sector.

The company says the world’s food production industry sits at a difficult crossroads. As the global population swells so too does the volume of fresh food required to feed people.

However, as our climate changes and resources become scarcer, the need to  streamline the supply chain becomes more critical. In September 2015, the United Nations signed up to 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that set out Agenda 2030, a universal platform to achieve sustainable development globally. The goals bring together the three dimensions of sustainable development – economic, social and environmental – and apply to all nations.

Sustainability in Food Production

The report begins by highlighting the stark reality: by 2050, the global population is expected to surge by 35%, necessitating a doubling of food production. Coupled with the looming threats of climate change and diminishing resources, the food production industry stands at a pivotal crossroads. Wyma underscores the importance of aligning with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly focusing on Clean Water and Sanitation (Goal 6), Responsible Consumption and Production (Goal 12), and Life on Land (Goal 15).

Water Use and Scarcity

Water scarcity is a pressing concern, affecting over 40% of the global population, with projections indicating that one in four people will face recurring water shortages by 2050. Agriculture, as the largest consumer of water worldwide, uses nearly 70% of all freshwater. Wyma advocates for reducing freshwater usage throughout the growing and processing cycle, aiming for greater efficiency and contributing to alleviating global water scarcity.

Combatting Food Loss and Waste

The report draws attention to the significant issue of food loss and waste. With 25% of the world’s food calories and up to 50% of total food weight lost or wasted before consumption, addressing inefficiencies in the food production process is paramount. Wyma distinguishes between food loss, occurring during production and processing, and food waste, happening at the retail and consumer levels. By investing in equipment and processes that minimize damage and maximize the shelf life of produce, Wyma aims to reduce both food loss and waste.

Innovative Solutions for a Sustainable Future

Wyma is committed to continuous innovation, focusing on designing equipment that promotes sustainability and reduces environmental impact. Key strategies include:

  1. Water Recycling and Reuse: Implementing sophisticated water recycling systems to reduce freshwater consumption and mitigate water pollution. This aligns with global efforts to manage water resources more efficiently and sustainably.
  2. Improved Handling and Processing: Developing machinery that handles produce gently, minimizing damage and extending shelf life. This not only reduces food loss but also ensures that produce reaches consumers in optimal condition.
  3. Sustainable Land Use: Addressing land degradation and promoting sustainable agricultural practices to restore and maintain fertile land. With crop yields potentially decreasing by up to 50% due to land degradation and climate change, efficient land use is crucial for future food security.

Collaborative Efforts for Global Impact

Wyma recognizes that achieving sustainability in food production requires collective action from all stakeholders. The company collaborates with tactical partners in water recycling and other sustainability initiatives to provide comprehensive solutions that meet the evolving needs of the industry.

As the world navigates the complexities of feeding a growing population sustainably, Wyma’s sustainability guide serves as a call to action for the food production and processing industry. By embracing innovative technologies and practices, the industry can contribute to a more sustainable and equitable future.

Go to this page to download the sustainability guide.

Source: Wyma
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Phone: +64 3 349 4869
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