I had the honor of representing DuPont at a recent SAVE FOOD event at Interpack.
If you haven’t heard the cry emanating from the fact that one third of the food the world produces is lost or wasted, you certainly heard it there as speaker after speaker emphasized not only the issue, but challenged the packaging industry to step up.
And I would add that we need to step up together and not just the packaging industry, but all along the value chain.
Exploring where food is lost and wasted is paramount to identifying solutions. And so is collaboration. So as we go forward as an industry we need to do more than share ideas – we need to make this issue a priority. Packaging clearly plays an important role in the fighting food waste. Let’s break preconceived notions and find ways where possibly more, but better, packaging rather than less makes an impact. Let’s prioritize technological innovations like active and intelligent packaging, or oxygen-barrier and sealing technologies to keep food fresh longer. And let’s be creative all along the value chain and find solutions that start with farming methods and run all the way through the value chain as a means to improve food security around the world.
This is a long road with many challenges – something that the packaging industry can “sink its teeth into.”