Fresh Del Monte Produce's Hans Sauter to Speak on Sustainable Agriculture Practices at World Biodiversity Summit
- by Jenna Plasterer
MIAMI, FL - For Fresh Del Monte Produce, sustainability and innovation have long been part of its company strategy, and reaffirming its commitment to communities and the ecosystem, the fresh purveyor will take part in this year’s World Biodiversity Summit. Occurring alongside the United Nation’s Climate Change Conference (COP26) and the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP15), the summit will feature discussions centered around the industry transition to more environmentally friendly and sustainable practices while maintaining global food security.
“It is extremely important to me to be able to represent Fresh Del Monte’s initiatives at the World Biodiversity Summit and COP26,” said Hans Sauter, Chief Sustainability Officer and Senior Vice President of Research and Development. “Time is of the essence, and it is vital for different stakeholders in society to come together to identify and implement game-changing solutions to stimulate food production while conserving biodiversity and addressing climate change. As one of the largest integrated producers, marketers, and distributors of fresh produce, we want to lead change. We believe that as an agricultural company, we can be an integral part of the solution. However, we cannot do it alone. With our pledge to implement regenerative farming and soil-health management in all our farms and associated growers’ farms by 2030, we hope to inspire every member of the supply chain (farmers, retailers, and consumers) to also do their part.”
Sauter will be joining fellow industry leaders in a panel discussion at the World Biodiversity Summit entitled “Sustainable and Regenerative Agriculture at the Center of Development Strategies - Challenges and Opportunities," according to a press release. The discussion will focus on the industry’s move toward more resilient agricultural systems and how innovation and technology will play a large part in the transition.
Fresh Del Monte has long been working to support communities and ecosystems that will be vital to the company’s future by creating systems that meld production and biodiversity. Some of the company’s efforts toward building A Brighter World Tomorrow™ include conserving and restoring forests and wild areas to protect biodiversity in and around its farms, amounting to 28 percent of its owned land; preserving soil health; stewarding critical water sources; and providing quality education and scholarships for students throughout its growing regions.
The World Biodiversity Summit will be held in Glasgow, United Kingdom, on November 10, and will create a pivotal opportunity to address the central role private sector has in responding to biodiversity loss and climate change.
As it drives forward its commitment to sustainability and environmental protection, what will Fresh Del Monte’s next strategy consist of? Only time and AndNowUKnow will tell, so keep a page open.