Food Waste is the food which is produced but not eaten, because it is either lost or discarded.
Shockingly the meat lost (and the greenhouse gas has still been produced) is equivalent to 75 million cattle a year. This information is that of the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organisation from 2013. Although there may have been some change given the efforts that have been made, I am sure the figures are still substantially as shocking as they were then.
The picture for other products is just as bad – you can click the images to reach the infographic online, where it is more legible.
The information is comprehensive and has a commodity as well as an equipment focus. The equipment and individual databases of the past seem to have been removed, but compendiums and toolkits seem to supply useful information. These however seem to require a bit of digging to find. There is also some business information although this seems to only include the Agriventure programme developed some years ago.
I must admit to being a bit out of touch with this information, so would ask anyone who has recommendations on how to optimize its value, to leave them in the comments.
I have written on Food Waste now and then as it's clearly a part of the food supply system where the world can grow food availability using existing technology.
Now a UNEP/FAO lead campaign, supported by initiatives such as WRAP, has been launched.
click image to visit the site
Think-Eat-Save and the slogan “Reduce Your Foodprint” seem to indicate that it is focussed on the consumer, but the information on the site is not limited to the household. The initiative seems to be focussing on the complete food chain.
There is already a wealth of information here, presented in a very readable way, and there are indications of actions to promote awareness and action.
Think-Eat-Save rests on four pillars
Awareness raising on the impact of, and solutions for food loss and waste.
Collaboration and coordination of world-wide initiatives on food loss and waste reduction.
Policy, strategy and programme development for food loss and waste reduction.
The book is part of a series of manuals for agribusiness managers of producers’ associations. It covers a wide range of topics from basic storage and warehousing to the quality imperative and the application of ICTS to post-harvest handling and marketing.
The manual provides case studies and exercises to compliment the information and very useful data on storage conditions for a wide range of fruit and vegetables. The manual also provides a comprehensive set of references and some practical information on the cost structure of packaging, refrigerated storage, logistics and certification that are interesting when trying to manage agricultural inputs to round the year processing.
This is the title of a petition launched by the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organisation (FA0).
(click the image to sign the petition)
I totally agree with this – it’s particularly disturbing if you think of how we “over consume” and waste food. So I have signed the petition and am suggesting you to do the same by visiting www.1billionhungry.org/digivuza/ – log in, enter a few details and click the send button (you don’t even have to watch the video) its that easy.
You are NOT going to have 20 years of bad luck if you don’t do this nor get rich if you do! Just give it a thought and do what you think is right. FAO will present the petition to governments who will hopefully take note and action!
If you are interested in some of the background on the “waste and over consumption” I refer to, have a look at some of the stuff I have posted on the issue below.
Once you sign, you will be given a personal link that you can share with friends and family, and a personal impact map that shows how your message spreads around the globe. Share your personal link with as many people as possible. Come back often to check your personal impact map and witness the power of your social network. Thanks very much for joining me in this. It’s time we let politicians know that the status quo — 1 billion hungry people — is unacceptable.