How Can We Move Our Food Systems Toward a Carbon Neutral Supply Chain?

By: Net Impact staff | March 2, 2017

Net Impact launches the Food Solutions Challenge.
Net Impact launches the Food Solutions Challenge.

Net Impact, in partnership with Monsanto, is launching an event series focused on moving our food systems toward a carbon neutral or carbon positive supply chain. Important themes for the event series include global food production, climate change, and the need to feed a growing world.

Groups of students and professionals are coming together around the world to share their ideas and generate potential solutions to address the inefficiencies in the food system. Net Impact helps fund each event and provides helpful toolkits and support. After each event, the chapter or group will select a top idea as their submission to the overall global food solutions competition.  

“The Food Solutions Challenge is a great opportunity for our network to reconcile how to feed a growing planet with fewer natural resources while still maintaining the economic viability of food production,” said Megan Shea, Client Programs Senior Manager at Net Impact. “Net Impact members are the leaders of tomorrow and their diverse perspectives ensure creative, interdisciplinary thinking about how to solve this issue.”

By the end of March, 50 chapters and groups will have hosted a global food solutions events and submitted a potential winning solution. Events are currently underway and 9 events have already been held, including Net Impact Chapters from University of California, Davis, Texas State University, and Duke University. The discussions from these events have yielded interesting solutions ranging from electronic recycling tools to carbon neutral certification programs to sustainable enterprises. 

This spring, the top 6 finalists will be announced and flown to a Net Impact Local Global Food Solutions Conference at the University of Wisconsin, Madison where they will present their potential solutions. They will be judged by a panel of experts and the grand prize winner will receive $5,000 for their chapter. 

Have a great idea already? Apply today!


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I have no financial interest in agri-business. But as one who is involved in biomedical write my paper today research, I see genetic engineering as one of the most valuable tools we have to make the world livable now, and in the future. There are issues with organic production methods as well as conventional methods. We must work hard to find ways to produce more food on the roughly 400 million acres of crop land that we have, and still produce ever-increasing amounts of ethanol for fuel. Genetic engineering is a primary tool for developing higher yielding crops. If we turn back the clock to production methods of 100 years ago, we would need three or four times as much land - basically, strip every forest in the US to make room for low yielding crops.

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emelia ingram

In order to attain this kind of plan they need to pitch in some ideas for the processes of the supply chain so that it will be successful. Supply chain management is very important here because as we all know food system needs a good supply chain in order to reduce the inefficiencies and to have a better and efficient food system.

Emelia Ingram
BR International Supply Chain Consultants

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