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Increasing Food Quality and Safety is Good for Business
Quality and Safety
Of the world's three million children who die each of year of diarrhea, approximately 70 percent are made sick by contaminated food. SUSTAIN volunteers work hard to improve food safety worldwide, particularly for at-risk children and mothers. In one developing nation, a volunteer improved the health of thousands by helping to set up a pasteurization system at a leading agriculture school. Other contributions include:
Improving food technology not only improves health, but reduces poverty. When food products are safe, nutritious, well marketed, and competitively priced thanks to efficient manufacturing, they attract consumers. Rising consumer demand, in turn, expands a nation's entrepreneurial base in food products, creating jobs and raising family incomes. Larger family food budgets then contribute to a further drop in malnutrition.
Improved food-industry standards also allow developing countries to export to the growing global economy, further increasing national income. SUSTAIN volunteers, combining a shirtsleeves business sense with technical knowledge, have been instrumental in steering many overseas entrepreneurs toward global sales. Other volunteers have contributed through: