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Sustainability in the agricultural and foodservice industries

The goal of sustainability in the agricultural and foodservice industries is to meet the public’s food needs without compromising future generations’ ability to meet theirs. A sustainable food system includes every person in the field to fork chain, including farmers, processors, distributors, and consumers. Important factors also include soil health, water consumption, food waste, pollution levels, and worker well-being, among others.

Diners are increasingly hyper-focused on high-protein and plant-based foods. Alongside all of the new-fangled, lab-based, cell-cultured options out there is the humble bean. A staple food for millenia, beans are being re-examined as a healthy, versatile ingredient worthy of menu inclusion.

  • Retro and heirloom recipes—like Southern succotash, French cassoulet, and Cajun red beans and rice—fit the bill for those in search of authenticity.
  • Most world cuisines incorporate some type of bean in their classic dishes. Think feijoada in Brazil, black beans and rice with plantains in Puerto Rico, and garbanzo beans in Israel. Modern interpretations of these recipes are packed with produce and herbs.
  • The creamy texture of mung beans is proving an ideal substitute for those that are eliminating soy from their diets.