By repurposing select food waste into sustainable goods, the rendering industry plays an active and critical role in protecting animal, human and environmental health. As they are developed, issues in this series will be posted here for download. Our first four issues will focus on the safe and sustainable ways to handle select food waste; the role biosecurity plays in how our industry protects our food chain; our industry's environmental impact and challenges faced; and the many sustainable innovations our company has developed that benefit people, animals and planet.
Rendering's Role in Managing Food Waste and Ensuring a Safer Food Chain
The rendering industry is often referred to as the Gatekeeper of the Food Chain. In the United States, the human demand for consumable meat proteins generates approximately 56 billion pounds of unconsumed meat by-products and used cooking oils; these materials are processed and converted into usable proteins, minerals, fats and oils by the rendering industry. Without this conversion process, the majority of these by-products would end up in landfills or composted, having no to little value and potentially causing harm to the environment. By recycling select food waste into sustainable goods, the rendering industry plays an active and critical role in protecting animal, human and environmental health.
How the Rendering Industry Safeguards Our Health and Well-being
While practices and trends can affect human diets, much of the global population consumes meat. A meat diet generates quite a bit of material considered inedible and unusable. But by creating usable products from what the public might consider “waste”, the rendering industry protects the planet from diseases and health risks by providing sustainable solutions for these organic materials. Following all state, local and federal regulations and operating within a rigorous, industry-directed infrastructure, renderers prevent the spread of pathogens that take residence in improperly handled organic material. This Greenpaper will examine the rendering industry’s biosecurity measures and industry standards that ensure the safety of their facilities and products and help sustain and improve planet, people and animal health.