'Take Me Home’ and their secondary brand ‘Tomato House’ are announcing their goals to help reduce the negative impact the food industry has on the environment. The target of the company is three-fold: 1.) To reduce the amount of plastic that is used in packaging, and move to more environmentally friendly materials. “In the fresh food industry, products are packed for only a few days, using materials that takes over 100 years to degrade”. 2.) To reduce the number of resources that are used during the production by introducing more efficient farming methodologies. 3.) To reduce, with the goal to eventually eliminate completely, the use of agricultural chemicals for pest and disease control.
“We can lower the footprint per kg of produce by increasing production yields while not increasing the resources we use to do so, that is efficiency at its essence Nature itself, has invented the best and most sustainable methods of controlling diseases and pest populations, we have just forgotten about it," the company explains.
From now on your ‘Take Me Home’ and ‘Tomato House’ tomatoes are packed in a more responsible way. The new packaging is made from recycled, unbleached, unlaminated, and 100% biodegradable paper, which is wrapped in a very thin recyclable plastic film. The company realizes that some plastic is still used, but every journey starts with small first steps. With the introduction of a ‘smart farming’ system and high-tech greenhouses, where the climate is controlled to create optimal conditions for tomato species, yields are being drastically improved, without the use of more farming inputs.
The company has set itself the goal to be a 100% biological tomato producer, without the use of any chemical pesticides by the end of 2022. "Some resistance is expected, as it will require the amendment of certain import regulations, but with that in mind and the necessary persistence and perseverance, we are confident that we can get the country on our side."