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Farm to Table | Food Traceability |Beef & Lamb Safety

The EU endeavors to advocate Farm to Table movement on European Beef and Lamb. Food safety is ensured by EU legal system of animal traceability and identification, allowing transparency along the supply chain.

How Farm to Table Promotes both Human and Environmental Health?

Farm to table literally translates to food on the table that comes directly from the farm. A social movement, it actively encourages the acquisition of local foods directly from the producer; thereby eliminating need of a medium.

The farm-to-table movement can be done through a farmer's market, direct sales, local distributor, or even a community-supported agricultural farm. Moreover, it can also be accomplished by growing own food especially in the cases of schools or restaurants.

Food freshness, safety, nourishment, seasonality are a few factors that have contributed to the rise of farm to table practice.

Benefits of farm to table:

Some of many benefits of farm to table eating are as follows:

I.Nutrition

As said earlier, local foods are healthier than the shipped ones owing to the latter’s loss of nutrition during shipment. For keeping the food from perishing, the farms pick the vegetables and fruits before fully ripening and absorbing nutrients.

The foods ripen when they are shipped and reach the consumers in a fresh state.

However, according to the US Department of Agriculture, these foods lose all their major nutrients during transportation.

II.Help local business

Disappearances of local farms are amongst a growing concern worldwide. To strive for a balance between a reasonable selling prices and high transportation fee, the farmers do not actually make a substantial amount of profit.

So, the local farms make for a cheap source of agricultural products as well as support their economic viability.

III.Environmentally sustainable

Farm to table eliminates the use of any transport vehicle thereby contributing indirectly to a greener earth.

For example, an average 18-wheeler truck travels around 1500 miles to transport the food products. With a mileage of around 2 kilometres per litre, a typical truck will require more than 750 litres of fuel.

IV.Beneficial for school children

Farm-to-cafeteria and farm-to-school are two offshoots of farm-to-table centred on schools. Numerous schools give their contract to local farms for supplying the former with fresh and nutritional foods.

This not only beneficial to the children health but also teaches them the value and importance of nutritional food.

V.More options

Farm-to-table provides more options of food choice for individuals as long as they are in season. This gives a wide variety of choices in fruits and vegetables and also dairy products, baked foods, and meat.

Farm-to-table also advocates the idea of food traceability where the consumers can trace the food and verify its location, origin and history.

Moreover, it enables actions to be taken if certain conditions emerge targeting food safety. An effective food tracing system can let the farm owner identify the cause of an issue; and isolate it to prevent the food being contaminated.

Further, it follows certain guidelines in order to supply nutritious foods; some of which are:

A.Ensure quality and nutritional value of all foods.

B.Traceability helps identify problems that cause to degradation of food quality.

C.Facilitate in the recall or withdrawal of foods in case of degradation.

D.Protect goodwill and brand identity of the producer.

E.Improve productivity and profitability of the producer.

F.Meet rules and regulations of requirements.

Food traceability plays a pivotal role through several phases of production, processing, and distribution.

It also contributes to the process of farm to table in recording its name, identification lot, and name and address of supplier. This is how the entire process positively impacts in human as well as environment.  Dry aged beef

 
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