Indonesia's Processed Food Consumption Only Reaches 30 Percent

Indonesia cannot stop people's consumption of processed food. The processed food industry will continue to rise each year. But what needs to be done is to ensure the safety, sustainability and availability of the community's reach for processed food. This was conveyed by Prof. Nuri Andarwulan, Head of the Southeast Asian Food Center, Agricultural Science and Technology (Seafast Center), Institute for Research and Community Service (LPPM) IPB university.

Dr. Nuri said that fresh food products were considered to be less affordable and localized. "In addition, consumption of processed Indonesian food products is still 30 percent. It is less than Brazil's 35 percent. While developed countries have 50 to 60 percent of total consumption, "said Dr. Parrot. Food sustainability is an important issue discussed in the 2nd SEAFAST International Seminar "Facing Future Challenge, Sustainable Food Safety, Quality and Nutrition" in Conjunction with the 1st International Seminar on Palm Oil "Strengthening Research, Competitiveness and Sustainability in the Palm Oil Industry". This event was held by the Seafast Center of IPB University, at IPB International Convention Center (IICC), Bogor, on 4 - 5 September 2019.

Furthermore Prof. Nuri Andarwulan conveyed in this seminar that it was discussed related to sustainable food challenges. Food sustainability discussed this time covers the scope of Indonesia and food sustainability in the world. The challenge that scientists must think about is not only the availability of food but human resourches. The discussion led to the competence of human resources related to food systems that are resistant, safe and sustainable.

In this event there was a lot of research related to the availability, safety and public outreach to food. In addition, this event collaborates with the Indonesian Palm Oil Community, because oil palm is very strategic. Indonesia as the biggest producer of Crude Palm Oil (CPO) is a fact. "However, in this event, CPO was not only thought upstream. We discussed the challenges of palm oil being a downstream product that has high added value, a lot of research was shared in this seminar. In addition, it was discussed related to the issue of contaminants in the world of oil palm being a barrier to trade, companies must pay attention, how to mitigate it, "he said.

Hope through this event the implementation of food security will increase in Indonesia. In addition, the dissemination of food technology products produced also improved quality.

Chair of the Committee, Dr. Ing. Azis Boing Sitanggang, STP, MSc said that the important point in this seminar is sustainability as called the Nature Journal that there are nine factors on earth related to the sustainability of human life. "Three of the nine factors have been damaged, namely biodiversity, nitrogen circle and climate change. Talking about life in the future how to live properly, food has an important role, "said Dr. Azis

Furthermore Dr. Aziz said, "I hope that through this seminar will be able to foster the enthusiasm of researchers, by looking at existing developments, there is a network to produce innovations to overcome the nation's problems. There must be a partnership between Academicians, Business, Government and Community. "Present speakers from America, India and Malaysia. (NR)

Published Date : 13-Sep-2019

Resource Person : Prof. Nuri Andarwulan, Dr. Ing. Azis Boing Sitanggang, STP, MSc

Keyword : Prof. Dr. Nuri Andarwulan, Dr. ing. Azis Boing Sitanggang, STP, MSc, food technology, processed food.