It’s not hard to imagine the way our society will look in the future where everything is efficient and environmentally sensitive. While we face current problems with pollution, environmental degradation, and a changing world, the building blocks for an environmentally encouraging industrial renaissance are afoot.
Within all industries we have reached a point where it is increasingly cool and even customer friendly to be environmentally conscious. We are realizing it is doable, and even much better, to produce things with a head for sustainability and in a way that helps revitalize the environment.
Agriculture is leading pillar of this movement with the words ‘diverse’ and ‘local’ at the forefront. Throughout metropolitan and rural areas alike, people are transferring the brutalism of sprawl and concrete jungles into societies that live symbiotically with nature.
In many cities, rooftop and terrace gardening is blowing up as a way to beautify spaces, eat food requiring no extensive transportation needs, and even help clean the historically rank city air. When we imagine cities of the future they are not becoming increasingly dependent upon outside resources, but are instead efficient and prosperous with only the space they have.
This idea of being internally sustainable is popular throughout many different aspects of society’s relation with food. Mainline food production is often somewhere where energy efficiency and sustainability evade deep inspection unlike that of locally sourced foods. Especially foods like condiments, yogurts, and juices slip through everyday environmental consciousness, yet deserve attention for continually pushing their limits of efficiency.
With static mixers and highly efficient heaters, production companies are dumping their archaic, energy heavy equipment for incredibly compact and green components. Not only is this saving inputs within food production, but it is producing better tasting products as well.
It’s always fun to imagine a utopian tomorrow with complete sustainability and beautiful cityscapes, but don’t forget to look around today to find and support companies building this dream, especially within everything we eat and drink.