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13 Sep 13 10:05

The Swiss Re Risk Perception Survey found that 68 % of those polled think that waste is the # 1 for food waste. ( http://media.swissre.com/documents/20130827_Presentation_Slides_Survey_Results.pdf)

The UN Environmental Programme (UNEP) and the Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) just launched their first joint report on exactly the same topic – food waste. The study which was launched in Nairobi on September 11, 2013 analyzes in depth the impact of food waste on natural resources and the economy. ( http://www.unep.org/newscentre/Default.aspx?DocumentID=2726&ArticleID;=9610&l;=en)

A third of the food produced globally is either wasted or lost – while nearly a billion people still goes hungry. It is just a disgrace! Some startling facts from this UNEP factsheets. ( http://www.unep.org/wed/quickfacts/)


Category: Food security


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Gavin Montgomery - 13 Sep 2013, 10 p.m.

On the other side of the equation, on September 11, 2013, the Institute of Food Technologies in the U.S. launched their Global Food Technology Institute. http://www.newswise.com/articles/view/607616/?sc=rssn&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed:+NewswiseScinews+(Newswise:+SciNews)

The idea is that we can eventually track food from "soil to fork" everywhere in the world. So, we could finally track, monitor and measure every step in the global food supply chain to assess where our calories come from, what the total cost of production per calorie is and, hopefully, use that data to optimize our spend and make the best use of our agricultural resources globally.

Lukas Meermann - 23 Oct 2013, 1:34 p.m.

The world's third-largest retailer, Tesco, published some statistics on food waste which covered the 25 most popular fresh products. The results were startling: 70% of all prepackaged salads get thrown away in the UK, Tesco's home market, the majority of it by consumers after buying it. The same goes with every second bread.
Tesco is now starting to do something about this by committing to selling smaller packaged portions to prevent people buying more than they can eat. Also, the retailer plans to remove the expiry date on packages with fresh fruits and vegetables in them in order to avoid that food gets thrown away which is still fine to eat.
What else can we as consumers do about food waste?

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-24603008


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