In a world where one billion people go hungry, up to one third of food is never eaten. Food lost and wasted food is a waste of materials, water and energy as well as an emission of greenhouse gases without purpose. It means more waste is being sent to landfill or open dumpsites where in many countries it emits methane and foul smells, as well as potentially starting fires. It is an economic loss for companies as they lose potential profits from sales if their produce does not make it to market and waste of money for families, spending on food they do not eat. It is a social problem as it is a deep injustice and tragedy that one billion people should lack food while so much is thrown away.
However globally action is being undertaken across a range of initiatives and stakeholders. In France, the National Pact Against Food Waste and legislation making it compulsory for larger businesses to pass unsold food to charities and for restaurants to offer doggy bags is helping address the issue, action which has recognised as world leading by the 2017 Food Sustainability Index. Campaigns such as ‘Love Food Hate Waste’ created by the UK-based WRAP UK are helping businesses add food waste tips to their packaging and encouraging families to avoid too large portions through an online app. Countries such as the Philippines are mandating waste segregation at source in order to separate and recover wasted food and encouraging composting to prevent food waste going to landfill.
What else is there? Which policies, instruments, frameworks, projects or initiatives do you know about? Are there policies in your country, region or city addressing this? Are businesses thinking about wasted food and loss? Do you know about or are you involved in projects in your community, school or business that are helping address wasted food and loss?
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