Skip to comments.UN and partners launch global campaign to reduce food waste
Posted on 01/28/2013 12:16:32 PM PST by ExxonPatrolUs
Consumers, food retailers and governments can take simple actions to dramatically reduce some 1.3 million tons of food waste every year, according to a new campaign launched today by the United Nations and its partners. Launched by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and partners, the campaign Think, Eat, Save. Reduce Your Foodprint seeks to accelerate action to eliminate wasteful practices and help countries share successful initiatives on these issues. It specifically targets food wasted by consumers, retailers and the hospitality industry.
In a world of seven billion people, set to grow to nine billion by 2050, wasting food makes no sense economically, environmentally and ethically, said UNEPs Executive Director, Achim Steiner. To bring about the vision of a truly sustainable world, we need a transformation in the way we produce and consume our natural resources.
About one-third of all food produced globally, worth around $1 trillion, gets lost or wasted in food production and consumption systems, according to FAO. Food loss occurs mostly at the production stages harvesting, processing and distribution while food waste typically takes place at the retailer and consumer end of the food supply chain.
Roughly 95 per cent of food loss and waste in developing countries are due to unintentional losses at early stages of the food supply chain as a result of limitations in harvesting techniques, storage, packaging and marketing systems.
In the developed world, however, food waste occurs because consumers are quick to throw away food due to over-buying, inappropriate storage, and preparing meals that are too large, while food manufacturers are retailers produce waste because of inefficient practices, confusion over date labels and quality standards that overemphasize appearance.
In industrialized regions, almost half of the total food squandered, around 300 million tons annually, occurs because producers, retailers and consumers discard food that is still fit for consumption, said FAOs Director-General, José Graziano da Silva. This is more than the total net food production of Sub-Saharan Africa, and would be sufficient to feed the estimated 870 million people hungry in the world.
In Europe and North America, the average waste per consumer is between 95 and 115 kilograms per year, while consumers in sub-Saharan Africa, south and Southeast Asia each throw away only six to 11 kilograms annually.
If we can help food producers to reduce losses through better harvesting, processing, storage, transport and marketing methods, and combine this with profound and lasting changes in the way people consume food, then we can have a healthier and hunger-free world, Mr. da Silva added.
The campaign will seek to involve families, supermarkets, hotel chains, schools, sports and social clubs, the private sector, city mayors and world leaders to reach its food potential. It will also provide simple tips in its website that will allow users to make food waste pledges, and a platform for those running campaigns to exchange ideas and create a global culture of sustainable consumption of food.
Anytime you see “Campaign to Reduce X,” you KNOW that there will be laws conjured to make it illegal to do something with X or a product of X.
Maybe they need an “Oil for Food” program.
Maurice Strong will be happy to oblige. He made millions on the last one.
Let's see if the liberals figure this out, and come up with a balance between reducing food waste and no-sparrow-shall-fall safety.
If someone would just check the White House garbage cans they would find enough extra food to feed a 3rd world country I’m sure.
I doesn't leave the biosphere forever - you can sequester food waste for a while, but it'll be back.
Review the carbon and nitrogen cycles.
The best thing to do is eliminate the waste that is the U.N.
First thing to do is to get rid of the national edicts on school cafeteria lunches. I’d guess that 95% of all food that hits the trays hits the trash can. They are feeding the children inedible gargbage (wheat bread instead of white etc) that the kids just won’t eat. Most of the parents from my daughter’s school note that their kids come home starving. and that more and more are sending a lunch with their child as the school lunches are trash.
Second thing to do is stop putting food in fuel. God made so called fossil fuels for gasoline and corn for food. it’s important to not get them mixed up.
Transportation of food is really the issue here. The USA alone can produce eough to feed the entire world. we just can’t get it there and make any money doing it.
Amazing how freedom produces more food. Rhodesia, when it was mostly capitalist, was the breadbasket of Africa. Now that it’s gone socialist, Rhodesians are starving.
I suspect...more “waste” in the U.N. and American food “relief” projects are because of those that take a cut of the “pie”...before it get’s to who are starving.
IIRC, so did Coffee Anus’ son...
I knew the idea of “food inequality” would come up when the Moocher started her “obesity” campaign.
“White folks greed leaves a world in need” “ a cruise ship waste more food in a day than a Haitian see’s in a lifetime”.
There will be a big push for “developed countries” that waste all that food to pay a UN Food Tax in the form of a certain amount of the food they produce going to the UN to distribute to undeveloped countries.
MMMMMMMMmmmmmmmmmmmm........ "fit for consumption".
Hopefully, they'll come up with a better advertising campaign.
And kick them out of the U.S.A.
I hope I live long enough to see that happen....but I'm thinking I won't.