Today, the effects of climate change is being felt all over the world. Rising temperatures in the atmosphere caused by greenhouse gases have changed our planet so much more than one could have imagined.
In the polar regions, ice is melting at alarming rates never seen before. Soon, scientists say that the rise of sea water and changes in the salinity levels will have devastating effects to countless ecosystems. Coral reefs, deep sea environments, and many other marine habitats are presently in danger due to these rapid changes caused by rising global temperatures.
Coral bleaching has caused fish depletion so that animals and humans dependent on fish as a food source are suffering the effects.
In land, droughts, typhoons, hurricanes, and floods have alternately destroyed infrastructure of tantamount value and, worse, lives have been lost. Of the most affected, farmers have become one of the most extremely vulnerable from having their livelihood destroyed.
Billions of dollars are lost each year due to climate change, endangering the agricultural sector of many countries and increasing post-harvest losses, food waste, and food insecurity.
As a way to mitigate such devastating effects, climate smart agriculture is being introduced to farmers and traders worldwide. According to FAO, climate-smart agriculture “helps to guide actions needed to transform and reorient agricultural systems to effectively support development and ensure food security in a changing climate.”
One aspect of climate-smart agriculture is preventing post-harvest issues before losses can occur. Issues such as insect infestation or mold growth are detrimental to both the quality and quantity of dry agricultural commodities. Thus, action against these issues raises productivity and reduces food insecurity.
SAVING THE PLANET
Hermetic storage is a perfect fit for climate-smart agriculture as a cost-efficient alternative to more conventional options such as cold storage or the use of silo.
Hermetic storage such as the GrainPro Cocoon consumes virtually zero energy while in operation. Cold storage, on the other hand, costs thousands of dollars each year to operate and maintain. This puts pressure on non-renewable energy sources, driving up the use of fossil fuels, which results to more emissions into the atmosphere.
Silos are also more costly and resource-dependent to put up, operate, and maintain than hermetic storage. Insect infestations are also prone to proliferate in silos. Additionally accidents such as explosions and collapse also make silos hazardous.
Through the straightforward concept of using a gas-tight and moisture-tight container, hermetic storage prevents issues such as insect infestation and mold growth, and preserves quality as well. This simple yet mighty storage system uses less energy and materials, reducing pressure on finite resources and promoting sustainability.
Date Published: April 9, 2020