‘Climate neutral and climate positive food does not exist… yet’

‘Climate neutral and climate positive food does not exist… yet’

Four incredible speakers from across the supply chain joined us last Thursday for a frank conversation about the challenges for food companies trying to navigate questions from defining ‘regenerative’ ag and ‘carbon neutral’ to calculating scope three emissions, and deciding how to communicate progress on environmental goals accurately and responsibly to industry partners and end consumers.

To watch the entire panel debate for free on demand, REGISTER HERE for free ​​and select the session entitled ‘THE CIRCULAR ECONOMY: What does Sustainable Sourcing Really Mean?’ To whet your appetite, ​we’ve shared some highlights below so you can get a flavor of the discussion, which featured:

  • João Brites​, director of growth & innovation, HowGood
  • Jeremiah McElwee​, chief merchandising officer, Thrive Market
  • Matthew Hayek​, assistant professor in the department of environmental studies, NYU
  • Andrew Utterback​, senior sustainability manager, Ingredient

Carbon neutral claims

Matthew Hayek, NYU: The biggest obstacle I see is mass confusion and misleading labeling. Right now ‘climate neutral’ and ‘climate positive’ food does not exist, yet we are rushing to label as much food as possible and creating some really convoluted schemes in order to be able to slap that label on things with some level of sufficiency or defensibility, and that’s causing a lot of confusion when that food is not really out there in the ecosystem yet.

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