20 Most Sustainable Food and Health Solutions on the Planet
Sustainable solutions in food and health extend well beyond the wellness of the individual digesting a particular food or using a certain product. Some companies and organizations focus on minimizing water and energy use, while others incentivize their communities for making healthy choices.
Variety doesn't even begin to describe the food and health solutions found in the Sustainia100. Between the two categories, you'll find protein bars made with cricket flour, animal feed created with fly larvae and menstrual pads made with banana fiber.
Sustainia’s research team reviewed more than 900 projects before selecting the 10-category list of 100. The Sustainia100 Advisory Board consists of 21 sector experts from 11 international research organizations. Here are the 10 solutions from food and health:
- Netafim: Drip irrigation maximizes crop yields for smallholder farmers
- AgriProtein Technologies: Harvesting larvae from waste for animal feed
- Mitticool: Clay refrigerator cools through evaporation
- BioTrans Nordic: Reusing food waste as energy and fertilizer
- International Rice Research Institute and Syngenta: Monitoring water levels for smarter rice irrigation
- Groasis: Growing trees in deserts with minimal water use
- Exo: Cricket flour for high-protein bars
- Marrone Bio Innovations: Bio-based products for pest Management and plant health
- West African Fish: Green fish farming fosters local growth
- Hotel Union Geiranger: Smaller plates at buffets reduce food waste
- We Care Solar: Solar suitcases light up maternal health care
- Robohand: Open-source software for 3D-printed prosthetics
- FairShare CSA Coalition: Health care rebate for healthy eating choices
- Peek Vision: Smartphones helping to prevent blindness
- Sustainable Health Enterprises: Menstrual pads made from banana fiber
- Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP: Designing hospitals to maximize daylight
- ClickMedix: Quality health care through eHealth platform
- Desso: Carpets that clean the air for better indoor climates
- Mali Health Organizing Project: Broadcasting health information to slum communities
- D-Rev and Phoenix Medical Systems: Phototherapy for neonatal jaundice in low-income hospitals
By Itai Vardi
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[Editor's note: I'm still in shock after hearing the news that Lucia Grenna passed away in her sleep last week. When we first met in April of 2014 at a Copenhagen hotel, I was immediately taken by here powerful presence. We spent the next couple days participating in a Sustainia climate change event where Lucia presented her audacious plans to connect people to the climate issue. I had the chance to partner with Lucia on several other projects throughout the years and work with her incredible Connect4Climate team. I was always in awe of her ability to "make the impossible possible." Her spirit will live on forever. — Stefanie Spear]
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By Katie O'Reilly
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