Sustainability is perhaps best known as an approach to maintaining biological systems; ensuring that any production is balanced against the long-term health of the system. Put simply, sustainability is the notion that proper, responsible management ensures that our sources remain viable and reliable beyond our short-term needs. In recent years, sustainability has expanded to include large-scale approaches in business, urban planning, economics, politics, and culture. Overall, sustainable practises have become integrated into our design of systems in a variety of different situations, considering long-term ramifications and ecological impact into every aspect of our design and implementation. It’s no exaggeration to say that sustainability has become one of the key ideas across a whole spectrum of industry and society.
The AFTP’s training portfolio addresses the entire food supply chain, and as a result we have a number of modules that directly address the question of sustainability in a wide variety of contexts. Carbon Footprinting and Life Cycle Assessment, for example, will introduce you to the process of calculating and interpreting carbon footprints for livestock production. These tools will allow you to make practical assessments of the environmental impact of these systems, as well as to work with international standards, such as the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
Remaining with livestock, Sustainable Home Grown Feeds explores the use of arable crops as feed. The module addresses management strategies for ensuring sustainability and livestock productivity in a variety of different settings, and how these fit within current UK policy. Biorenewable Feedstocks considers another area of crop production: those used for energy and the biopharmecutical industry. This has been a huge area of growth in recent years, and this module will provide you both an overview of the technologies and techniques used to produce feedstocks and the knowledge to transfer these to practical applications.
Sustaining Quality in Raw Materials Supply Chains addresses the use of fresh and processed arable and horticultural crops in the supply chain. As well as exploring the effect of impact of breeding, water, and fertiliser, you will also examine various production systems, including conventional, organic, fairtrade and locally-traded. By contrast, Sustainable Supply Systems I – Production to Processing provides a larger overview of sustainable practises for livestock and crops. In this module, you will investigate the scientific basis for sustainable processes, but also address the ecological, social, and economic factors that influence implantation.
The Harvard Business Review presents a case study of one business that connected sustainability to their strategic goals.
Neste and Nortal develop cutting-edge ‘sustainability portal’ for raw material suppliers, reports Globenewswire.
Global warming threatens to devastate major cities, the Guardian reports.
Changes to agriculture are key to making New Zealand carbon neutral by 2050, the country's Climate Change Minister suggests.
Katie Langin hypothesies what would happen if all Americans went vegan.
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