Food Waste Set to Increase


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According to the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), food waste makes up around eight percent of greenhouse gas emissions worldwide, while 870 million people around the world go malnourished, making a solution to food waste an important step in fighting climate change and world hunger.

While to a recent research by the Boston Consulting Group, the current status of annual waste of 1.6 billion tons of food (translates to one third of all food produced), worth $1.2 trillion, will get even worse in the coming decades: by 2030, food waste will increase to 2.1 billion tons, worth $1.5 trillion - a one-third increase in 10 years, and the equivalent of 66 tons of food wasted per second.

In developing countries, most food waste occurs during the production of food when it's transported from farms; while in developed countries, mainly during consumption by both retailers and consumers.

BCG also outlined 13 initiatives geared toward achieving the UN's target of cutting food waste by 2030 in half, including education, better training, policy changes, and local sourcing of food. Overall, the BCG estimates the initiatives would reduce food waste by $700 billion a year.

Association 3 Herisson pays special attention in our youth and children education to sustainable food production and consumption, as well as food waste minimization. We'll do our best to contribute to a healthy and sustainable food system.

For more details please refer to BCG website and the e-360 report.