In the last half century, we’ve seen incredible advancements in human care & life sciences. What’s most peculiar, or potentially premise for these forced advancements in responsive care, the process we use to craft our nutrient security has not progressed. In fact, the opposite has proven true. The cheaper we make the volumes of food servicing the expanding Western diet, the more of these modern plagues and food safety risks we incur. Simply, we need a paradoxical change in remedying what ails us. That stems from the notion that it’s not caloric; it’s about sustenance – and when we all understand this simple rule, sourcing becomes the fix to many of the problems in the food system, and greater well-being of body and planet result from food production insight.
Aside just remediating production integrity concerns, there’s incredible opportunity to build innovation economies that institute efficiency to a current arcane food system. With dead loss on perishables and food waste now topping 40% of all foodstuff that reaches the supply chain – sourcing foodstuff is ripe with potential advancement. Furthermore, our linear perspective of agriculture that currently does not take into account the many environmental externalities directly associated to food production is quickly becoming one of the largest contributors to climate change, biodiversity loss, and water contamination. When we evaluate the whole picture, our food is not cheap at all, but instead very expensive with diverse economic loses. The remedy to heal exponentially growing human, planetary and economic expense comes by returning focus to best sourcing practice and further connecting consumer awareness to the food they eat. This type of beneficial public and private initiative in and of itself is prepared for financial innovation.
Niederhelman sets to take a proactive approach in Food System reform through promoting the production of higher quality food as primary, preventive healthcare with mutually beneficial results. Through focusing investment in food for its broad values to society, culture, environmental and consumer benefit – Aaron believes a commitment to remediating consumer blind credulity afforded to the current food system which was designed to source energy and not nutriment, will be cornerstone to broader food system reform.
The quality of our health begins with the plants & animals upon which we feed, and calculating a true cost of cheap foodstuff to that of the wellbeing of the whole system is imperative in establishing consumer awareness to the Western diet. From corruption of synthetic contamination -to- risk of toxic exposure -to- intrinsic loss of nutriment, our US food system destined to be inherited by generation next is rife with concern. Not evaluating nutritional significance and planetary impact from food, Aaron has argued, to be a leading long-horizon national security concern.