Each year the United States discards a third of all the food it produces. That feeling that settles in after an epic grocery store shop is akin to euphoria. Cupboards, shelves, and a refrigerator all fully stocked with food does one's heart and mood a world of good. We are, after all, dependent upon food for survival--and it can be pretty tasty, too. But the next day, maybe you oversleep and decide to just buy breakfast instead of making it.
Climate change could have a devastating impact on food security around the world. Eliminating hunger and curbing the effects of climate change are both U.N. Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which world leaders are committed to achieving by 2030. And, like many SDGs, these two pressing issues are interconnected. SEE ALSO: This company wants you to text with'ugly' fruit emoji to fight food waste Research shows that a combination of more frequent and intense climate disasters, decreases in crop yields and production, and a lack of natural resources will worsen food insecurity -- and threaten the livelihoods of millions of people. For this year's World Food Day on Oct. 16, advocates are turning their attention to the climate to help address this issue.
Near downtown Los Angeles, a meat processing plant ramped up production even as it worked to keep frontline employees separated from one another. In Salinas, Calif., a lettuce grower hustled to redirect supply after being forced to plow under unused crops. In the Bay Area, a food distributor that previously served restaurants started selling produce boxes directly to consumers. Near the Mexico border, a food bank expanded distribution to meet an explosion of need. And in Hollywood, a nonprofit that has served sit-down meals to homeless people for 33 years shifted to takeout.
Advanced analytics opens vast untapped potential for farmers, investors, and emerging economies to reduce the cost of goods sold. The way digital technologies are reshaping the relationship between consumers and brands has been hotly debated over the past few years, with much discussion of the reshaping of consumer decision journeys, the advent of multichannel marketing and sales, and the impact of smartphones and the mobile Internet on customer behavior. Yet an even bigger opportunity has been largely overlooked. By taking advantage of big data and advanced analytics at every link in the value chain from field to fork, food companies can harness digital's enormous potential for sustainable value creation. Digital can help them use resources in a more environmentally responsible manner, improve their sourcing decisions, and implement circular-economy solutions in the food chain.