April 24, 2019

Sustainable, inclusive, resilient, efficient, economical, seamless, nutrition-sensitive. Such are the adjectives commonly associated to modern food supply chains. Yet many of these drivers often work in opposition to each other. For example, delivering highly nutritious perishable food to consumers by ensuring an unbroken cold chain is juxtaposed with the energy savings driver; elimination of international trade restrictions to ease food access may also negatively affect local economie...

Provenance is a multifaceted term. According to Nelle et al (2016), and Reid and Rout (2016), provenance includes the following aspects:

a)      Place: the spatial dimension, or where the food is produced and includes the geography and its cultural characteristics.

b)     Product: the cultural dimension, or how the food is produced, including ethical and sustainability considerations.

c)      People: the social dim...

March 19, 2018

Cold chains are extremely important to safeguard any perishable product, be perishable food or temperature-sensitive pharmaceuticals. Sadly, even though there are technologies and knowledge out there that could avoid loss of temperature control during storage and transport of goods, we continue to see spoilage and food safety issues that could have been avoided with better temperature control solutions.

I wrote these top ten reasons for cold chain failure 8 years ago. Do you think that...

January 30, 2018

FAO describes food security as the point in which “all people, at all times, have physical, social and economic access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food which meets their dietary needs and food preferences for an active and healthy life”[1]. It’s opposite term – that is, food insecurity – has been historically associated to a growing population, armed conflicts, government policies (or lack of thereof), draught and other natural disasters[2]. Devereux (2000) estimates that more t...

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