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Thursday, October 2, 2014

The Importance of Collaborative Food Sourcing

We can all see that there is a definitive trend with people wanting to know where their food source originates. While it may only be a trend in some places to have this knowledge; at some point, what if it became an overall cultural change? By becoming a cultural change there is also an opportunity for people, despite their financial status, to not only know more about food origin, but more importantly, be able to afford good, healthy food.

People who frequent fast-food establishments may not share in the curiosities of food origin, but why shouldn't they? By continually educating people on the importance of knowing where their food source comes from, fear of food poisoning and food recalls can be minimized. Additionally, chronic diseases can also become less likely to occur and good health care habits can become better established for future generations to come.

Others affected by food sourcing? By having more collaborative efforts along the food system chain, local economies grow and healthy, good working relationships between various food vendors/distributors becomes established. This can benefit everyone. So, what's holding us back? Certainly there should be value in finding a better balance with the way we live and eat. Moderation? Has that gone by the way side? And what does moderation mean to the general population?

The following articles list some of the challenges we face within the food supplier ecosystem.
Here are a couple of helpful articles to get more informed with such matters.

Why We Need Open Collaborative Food Sourcing

PulseNet: This National Laboratory Network is made up of 87 laboratories throughout the United States. It keeps a continuously growing database that represents almost half a million detached bacteria from food, the environment and human food borne illness.





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