Why Is Sustainability Important In Food Factory Operations?

December 30, 2021

Sustainability is “the study of how natural systems function, remain diverse, and produce everything it needs for the ecology to remain in balance.” It is an important concept that has far-reaching effects if applied effectively, teaching us to use our natural resources without damaging it irreversibly. By following its concepts in our personal lives and our professional endeavors, we can do good and cause positive ripple effects for the years to come.

Currently, Ajinomoto is employing various SustainAbilidad methods in food manufacturing. This includes supporting sustainable practices and applying the 3 R’s (reduce, reuse, recycle) in all factory operations. Another goal of Ajinomoto’s is to reduce plastic waste to 0 by 2030 and lessen environmental impact by 50%. The company is also working with business partners to help make these visions a reality. Indeed, sustainability is something that Ajinomoto aims to achieve, and part of the road to that is using the methods mentioned above.

But, knowing what we know about what sustainability is, why is it such an important thing to apply in food processing operations? Read below to find out.

Lower environmental impact

Part of why sustainability methods are encouraged is because doing so will lower the negative impact on the environment. Such practices aim to avoid damage to environmental resources and reduce the impact on climate change. Part of such an agenda is reducing greenhouse gases and applying sustainable procurement. If more food factories employ such methods, it will help keep our natural resources in good condition. On the other hand, continuing unsustainable processes can damage said resources, causing difficulties in producing the essentials we need - including food.

Significantly reduced waste

As mentioned earlier, Ajinomoto is working towards 0 plastic waste by 2030. The company is also using wastewater treatment and converting waste to fuel. They are also working to reduce food waste through proper disposal methods. Using these practices significantly lessens the amount of waste produced, reused for more productive purposes. With this logic, applying these methods to a broader scale can contribute to a reduced number of waste produced across several food factories worldwide.

Healthier food for customers

Sustainable practices can also lead to better food items for consumers. Ajinomoto, in particular, is applying methods such as delicious salt reduction, protein intake optimization, and workforce nutrition to achieve the vision of extended life expectancy of 1 billion people. Furthermore, through unlocking the power of amino acids and using a resource recycling-based amino acid fermentation process, such public health goals can be achieved while contributing to the regeneration of the environment.

A better future for the next generation

Speaking of the future, part of sustainability is ensuring a safe and bountiful world for the next generation. What will be left when the environment is destroyed and waste pollutes the Earth due to non-eco-friendly practices? It may not seem like it now, but these small sustainable practices can significantly contribute to the betterment of the environment in the long run.

To know more about Ajinomoto’s sustainable methods in producing our flagship products - and how the brand encourages sustainability in general - take the Ajinomoto virtual tour! By taking the tour and knowing more about the company culture of Ajinomoto, we hope you can apply these methods in your own time as well. That way, we can become much closer to achieving a better world for those who come after us.