Sustainable Gastronomy an Opportunity for Innovation

Six to 12 days. This is the average time that it takes for bananas to be shipped to Europe. It’s a minor fact that doesn’t make a change in our choices about fruit and food that travels a long way to reach our kitchens. Yet, how would we react if every product we buy would come with a story that tells how that product grows or if the people working in the sector are satisfied with their job conditions and are treated with dignity? Are there harmful pesticides used? Do their producers protect the environment from chemicals or any type of pollution?

Depending on the ingredients and products used in our food, there are quite a few untold stories in our plates every time we eat.
Asking these questions is important. As the saying goes, first we eat, then we do everything else, food is the most basic thing for a good and healthy life. However, it is much more than just the fuel that powers us to carry on with daily activities. It is an element of local or global cultures. It is a human right, it is a tool for sustainable development. How?

Food links together the three dimensions of sustainable development people, the planet, and profit. Food impacts people’s health as well as land, water, and ecosystems through the development of agriculture, transport infrastructure, and other services such as tourism and agro-food.

A way to promote sustainable development through food is sustainable gastronomy. The United Nations have designated June 18th as the Sustainable Gastronomy Day. This day acknowledges gastronomy as a cultural expression related to the natural and cultural diversity of the world. Regarding the role of sustainable gastronomy the UN highlights that “as the COVID-19 pandemic is still unfolding across the globe, sustainable gastronomy – celebrating seasonal ingredients and producers, preserving wildlife as well as our culinary traditions – is today more relevant than ever.”
Further on, initiatives and projects linked to this day can play a role in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). They promote good health, nutrition, food security, sustainable agriculture and tourism, decent work, environment, and biodiversity conservation.

An important feature of sustainable gastronomy is that it highlights the fact that every culture has a role as a crucial enabler for social change, economic growth, and sustainable development.
As an individual, you can get more interested in food quality, production, sourcing, and purchasing. Food sustainability begins with the seed extends through all the links involved in the sector until it reaches the final user. As consumers, we can ask for fully traceable local food and reduce food waste as much as we can.
Facts show that almost one-third of the food produced globally goes to waste, and despite this, there are more than 800 million people that go to be hungry. In the situation of the world health crisis, this figure is expected to grow.

Different solutions can be applied to reduce food waste. For example, the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) in Albany is turning potentially wasted fruits and vegetables into good-tasting, healthful products. These products are used as edible food wrappers that not only address the problem of food waste but also make people eat more fruits and vegetables.
Apeel is another startup that has developed an edible coating to preserve fruit and vegetable produce longer in the supermarkets. This solution that helps with food waste is also related to the fact that people have changed their shopping frequency due to the fear of COVID-19 spread.

Another sector that’s closely connected to food and gastronomy is tourism. The industry of travel and accommodation has been hardly hit by the pandemic. Now that the sector is preparing to restart, it has the opportunity to change the way how we travel and search for local experiences in ways that help build better a better future for those communities and the planet.
Innovation and entrepreneurship can enable such opportunities. Do you have an idea or project on how to stimulate the agro-food sector and the partnership between agriculture, aquaculture, tourism, education, craftsmanship, and hospitality sectors in your community? Join the Citizen Entrepreneurship Competition.

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  1. Six to 12 days. This is the average time that it takes for bananas to be shipped to Europe. It’s a minor fact that doesn’t make a change in our choices about fruit and food that travels a long way to reach our kitchens. Yet, how would we react if every product we buy would come with a story that tells how that product grows or if the people working in the sector are satisfied with their job conditions and are treated with dignity? Are there harmful pesticides used? Do their producers protect the environment from chemicals or any type of pollution?

    Campus members did you know the above quote is true? Why not you all read this blog? thanks!!!

  2. I cherish inyang comment above, so i motivate all campus members to read it and improve their idea/project and change the world collectively.

  3. I want all campus members to realize that the article of today is a bed rock for all of us, for instance;

    A way to promote sustainable development through food is sustainable gastronomy. The United Nations have designated June 18th as the Sustainable Gastronomy Day. This day acknowledges gastronomy as a cultural expression related to the natural and cultural diversity of the world. Regarding the role of sustainable gastronomy the UN highlights that “as the COVID-19 pandemic is still unfolding across the globe, sustainable gastronomy – celebrating seasonal ingredients and producers, preserving wildlife as well as our culinary traditions – is today more relevant than ever.”
    Further on, initiatives and projects linked to this day can play a role in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). They promote good health, nutrition, food security, sustainable agriculture and tourism, decent work, environment, and biodiversity conservation.

    An important feature of sustainable gastronomy is that it highlights the fact that every culture has a role as a crucial enabler for social change, economic growth, and sustainable development.
    As an individual, you can get more interested in food quality, production, sourcing, and purchasing. Food sustainability begins with the seed extends through all the links involved in the sector until it reaches the final user. As consumers, we can ask for fully traceable local food and reduce food waste as much as we can.
    Facts show that almost one-third of the food produced globally goes to waste, and despite this, there are more than 800 million people that go to be hungry. In the situation of the world health crisis, this figure is expected to grow.

    I urge all in our 2020 platform to read and foster sustainable changes across our communities.

  4. Campus members do you know, as an individual you can get more interested in food quality, production, sourcing and purchasing?

  5. Campus members did you know Emmanuel Ekpenyong’s comment on how individuals can get more interested in food quality, production, sourcing and purchasing based on gastronomy is a reality? I want all campus members to read the above article.

  6. Campus members, do you know it takes almost 6 to 12 days for bananas to be conveyed to Europe?
    Campus members, isn’t it? Please, I urge you to read this blog.

  7. Campus members, do you know that despite the fact that the Earth is rich in food, people still die from hunger in different parts of the world?

  8. What really inspires me in this blog is ;

    A way to promote sustainable development through food is sustainable gastronomy. The United Nations have designated June 18th as the Sustainable Gastronomy Day. This day acknowledges gastronomy as a cultural expression related to the natural and cultural diversity of the world.

    i want my fellow campus members to read the blog carefully and digest!

  9. Did you know that food is a tool for our sustainable development? Please campus members read the above article.

  10. I optimistically agreed with Emmanuel Ekpenyong’s comment above.

  11. Facts show that nearly one-third of the food produced world wide goes to waste, despite this, there are more than 800 million people that go hungry. In the world health crisis, these numbers are expected to increase.
    Campus members are you aware?

  12. In our planet Earth, there is good soil; from the soil is where all necessities of life perculiarly food are gotten. There in the world, we have various food of different values, but every part of the world and people scattered in every part of the world can’t plant and harvest all kinds of food. So members, did you know some countries that are proverbial today imported basic food products and that’s why it was expensive to purchase in their country?

  13. I want all campus members to embrace Gregory quote above, it is very rich and educative.

  14. Did you know that food dovetails the three dimension of sustainable development? They are people. Profit, and planet simultaneously.

  15. Was it known to you that tourism is another sector that is closely related to gastronomy and food. The industry of accommodation and tours have been strongly affected by the pandemic?

    Entrepreneurship and Innovation can aid the opportunities to change means how we travel and look for local experiences to build a better future for the world, as the preparation for restart of this sector nears.

  16. Dear fellow members, there is no iota of doubt in my mind that you all know the date of the world’ssustainable gastronomy day designated by the United Nations, but not every country celebrates it due to insufficient food required for human growth in spite of the fact that some of these countries depend on agriculture. Do you know this? With your ability to observe and be aware of the culture around you, l believe you know.

  17. Campus members, food is a sustainable development how? Without food no one will survive.

  18. Quite insightful and interesting. Coming from a society where food wastage is high, I see this article as an eye opener and I encourage all campus members to read this story. If you are from my society Nigeria, we can all work to minimize food wastage expercially at the point of production where food is seen wasted sometimes as a result of scarcity of buyers

  19. Fact shows that an important feature of sustainable gastronomy is that it highlights the fact that every culture has a role as a crucial enabler for social change, economic growth, and sustainable development.

  20. Another sector that’s closely connected to food and gastronomy is tourism. I want to ask all campus members in our platform if they know that tourism is very essential section in our entrepreneurial sector, since it entails lifestyles, arts and culture of synergistic global communities?

  21. another important ways of sustaining the environment. Sustainability is a global call. If humanity wishes to be found on the surface of the earth for as long as life permits, we need to work towards the sustainability of our environment. I encourage all campus members to read this article

  22. Understanding how the food was planted, who planted it and how it arrived at our table is important. This understanding will promote the fight for the production of sustainable food.
    In the north of the state where I live, the papaya monuculture is very strong, most of it is exported, consumers of this product do not know, but this is the fruit that receives the most pesticides in my region. Workers are exposed to harmful agents, the fauna is harmed and those consumed end up eating food with the potential to harm their health.

    I want this situation to change, if I can start my project, I will not only use my voice, but also my hands.

  23. ‘Sustainable Gastronomy’- A new terminology to me. Thanks to this platform that i came to get this crucial learning opportunity. Dear campus members let’s grab the opportunity and end hunger in the world. Its so pathetic that God has blessed us with plenty of arable land but the same people living on such arable land are dying massively because of hunger. Let’s take initiative members!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Welcome to the platform of opportunities, mind opening and opportunity grabbing. This article has really impressed me.

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