Sustainability is the ability to exist constantly. In the 21st century, it refers generally to the capacity for the biosphere and human civilization to co-exist. It is also defined as the process of people maintaining change in a homeostasis balanced environment, in which the exploitation of resources, the direction of investments, the orientation of technological development, and institutional change are all in harmony and enhance both current and future potential to meet human needs and aspirations. For many in the field, sustainability is defined through the following interconnected domains or pillars: environment, economic and social, which according to Fritjof Capra, is based on the principles of Systems Thinking (See also Systems theory). Sub-domains of sustainable development have been considered also: cultural, technological and political.
In the case of hospitality and food service this definition is far reaching. There is no industry that has more impact on our mother earth….none. When you consider the infastructure to sustain our daily needs to eat, you will understand the big picture. Our food choices make a huge impact on our social and environmental lives. THINK ABOUT WHAT YOU EAT! Its called mindful eating. Not being mindful has a huge fallout on your personal health, and also the well being of others. The impact is global…think about it.
In future posts, I will break down sustainability into a few major sub categories. Chat soon!!