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What can health professionals do to encourage a sustainable food system?


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On a typical day, I go for a walk with my dog, enjoy a bowl of cereal for breakfast, have a salad for lunch, and snack on some veggies and Pepperidge Farm® Goldfish® crackers. I spend time in my house, in the office, and will go out with some friends at some point during the week. I won’t spend one minute on a farm, I won’t operate one piece of farm equipment, nor will I harvest more than a few tomatoes from my garden this year. I don’t even live in a town that has an operating farm. Despite my geographical separation from agriculture, it plays an important part in my day to day life. Every meal or snack I eat starts on the farm. Even the quality of the air that I breathe and the water that I drink are impacted by agriculture. As a dietitian, I received very little education on agriculture and sustainability when I was in school. However, since working at Campbell, I developed a personal interest in the topic, inspired by the company’s work to improve sustainability metrics.

This month, I sat down with Dr. Daniel Sonke, Director of Sustainable Agriculture at Campbell, to learn more about what the food industry is doing to address sustainability and what health professionals can do to encourage a healthy diet AND a healthy planet.

What is the Food Industry Doing to Support Sustainable Agriculture?

The food industry impacts many of the agricultural practices in the United States, and companies like Campbell have experts dedicated to learning how we can do better to meet consumer needs and be good stewards of our environment.

What Can Health Professionals Do?

You don’t need to work on a farm to support sustainable agriculture. We can all work towards a healthier planet by choosing a variety of plant-based foods, working to reduce food waste and encouraging clients and patients to do so, too. To read more about how Campbell works to improve agricultural practices, visit the Corporate Responsibility Report.




Lindsay Watts, MS, RDN

Senior Nutrition Communications Specialist

Lindsay is a nutrition communications analyst at the Campbell Soup Company where she coordinates health professional and consumer communications. She also works with internal and external partners on retail health and wellness programs. Prior to her role at Campbell, Lindsay worked as an in-store retail dietitian. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics from West Chester University and completed her dietetic internship with Pennsylvania State University. Lindsay received her Master of Science in Health Communications and Marketing from Boston University.

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