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Food insecurity—when a person lacks consistent access to enough food to live an active, healthy life—is a concerning issue that impacts billions around the world. Nutritious food is critical to our overall health, impacting our organs, bones, mental health and ability to fight off disease. Yet so many are going without.

Factors Influencing Food Insecurity

While food insecurity is influenced by many factors such as climate, loss of farmland, and poverty, the global supply chain also plays a role. When food is not kept in the right temperature and environment, it puts it at risk of spoiling—not to mention the precious time, effort, energy and resources that go into growing the food. At a time when 2.3 million people are moderately or severely food insecure, we have a collective responsibility to do what we can to create a food secure planet.

Reducing Food Waste at The Production Level

If you’ve ever tried to keep a basil plant alive, you’ll quickly learn that growing food is no easy task. On a much larger scale, managing the right temperature and humidity levels can become complex. This is where one of our innovative technologies can help. Our Bin-Sense product range gives farmers the ability to closely monitor the conditions their grain is stored in, contributing to reduced food waste at the production level. “Working with growers on improving their grain storage management has been very rewarding. Having the ability to closely monitor your stored grain at your fingertips and receive alerts at the first indication of heat rise allows you to make smart decisions to mitigate any spoilage. Better grain quality to market equals better food quality,” says Kyle Boxall, Bin-Sense Dealer, Silver Star Ag Ltd.

From Grain to Corn And Almonds

One-third of all food grown in the world, or 1.3 billion tonnes, is either lost or wasted. While food waste is undoubtedly a global issue, change begins at home. The origin story of Bin-Sense can be found on a family farm within a small farming community in Saskatchewan, Canada. Today, over 364 million bushels of grains such as wheat, barley and lentils across 36,000 bins are being monitored across North America using Bin-Sense.

Last spring the launch of Bin-Sense Plus—our newest product which offers even more detailed grain conditioning control has been the catalyst to bring us into the United States where they produce 450 million tonnes of grain per year. “It’s making a difference here in Canada and we're now taking the opportunity to make an even bigger impact in larger markets,” says Craig Stewart, director of customer success at Calian Agriculture. "Our product is now being used with other grains and crops such as black beans, corn, soybeans and rice, in addition to a few test sites with almonds."

Reducing food waste at the production level takes a team and we are proud to be leveraging our strengths, innovations and technologies to help the world achieve this collective goal.

Calian’s innovative solutions that contribute to food safety demonstrate our commitment to the Calian ESG vision: Collaboration to Advance Resilience Excellence and Sustainability—Calian CARES™