Safeguarding food supplies

The growing global population is demanding ever more food and other consumer goods. At the same time it is becoming harder to manufacture the corresponding range of products due to the decline in natural resources. Our commitment to securing food supplies starts with our suppliers: in a nutshell, we need to improve yields per unit area and increase the share of marketable goods without plundering natural resources. Therefore, we help producers improve their own processes. At the next stage of the supply chain we invest in efficient transport, packaging and merchandise management systems to maintain the quality of the food for as long as possible. We donate products that are about to reach their best before date and are still edible to food banks. We also run campaigns to sensitise our customers to handling food responsibly to prevent waste from being produced in the first place.

Management Board of METRO AG

Andrew Sharpless, Chief Executive Officer of Oceana (photo)

»The world will need 70 percent more food to meet its coming food security needs for the earth’s projected 9 billion people by 2050 according to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization. But the resources needed to create that additional food are increasingly scarce or involve developing lands that have irreplaceable natural value, like rainforests. More frequent droughts due to climate change and the transfer of arable lands from agriculture to biofuels will also reduce the land available to grow crops and graze livestock. Meanwhile, the poorest billion people on earth already depend on fish as their primary source of animal protein. Fish have provided acceptable and often inexpensive sustenance for humanity since the dawn of time. We need to bring wild fish stocks back from the brink of collapse, so that they may continue to serve as the world’s major source of protein consumption for years to come.«

Andrew SharplessChief Executive Officer of Oceana