The agri-food system, from production to consumption, contributes to climate change with 35% of carbon dioxide, methane and nitrogen oxide emissions.Only the meat and dairy-producing industry represents about 15% of total greenhouse gas emissions, making it far more impactful than transport.
Moreover, about one-third of the produced food is lost or wasted, as well as about 38 per cent of the energy used in food systems. In fact, the current economy and the linear use of resources imply significant losses and wastes along the value chain. In Italy, the food waste costs about 12.5 billion euros.
GLOBAL FOOD WASTAGE
Digital and technological innovation can assist farming in terms of efficiency and sustainability. Smart specialization of farmers is today key for market competitiveness in meeting consumers demands. In this way innovation helps achieve and support ecological intensification of food supply chain. At the same time bio-based economy is growing as result of resources efficiency use and waste recovery.
To meet such global challenges GCA promotes innovation in resources management models in the food and agricultural sector, fostering the development of circular and bio-based economy.
The aim is to lower the impact of food production and consumption, in order to preserve and enhance natural capital and to minimise social, environmental and economic risks.
- Reduction of environmental footprints of the agri-food supply chain
- Exploitation of new sustainable production systems
- Integration of Sustainability in supply chain management
- Inclusion of IoT and IoI devices and technologies in the food supply chain
- Smart specialization of farmers and agri-food companies in order to optimize resource use efficiency (water, energy, nutrient, waste recycling and upcycling)
- Bio-based new materials and processes
- Environmental Remediation
- Water Management
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