Is food waste really a problem?

Food waste and its impact on the environment

Failure to carry out proper planting, irrigation, pruning and crop protection results in huge losses. A very significant proportion of agricultural products are not harvested, or are harvested too early or too late.

Strengthening the supply chain through direct producer assistance and investments in infrastructure, transportation and expansion of both the food and packaging sectors could help reduce the amount of food that is lost or wasted.

Annual fruit or vegetable losses in sub-Saharan Africa are estimated at 40-50% of total production. Around half is lost between production, post-harvest treatment, processing, distribution and consumption. Surprisingly, more than 80% of wasted fruit and vegetables are produced before the consumer can buy them.

In addition to poor market access and other related factors, one of the main reasons for this loss of produce is the lack of access to refrigeration by producers in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Global food waste 2021

Aware of the need to act quickly, regulators are paying increasing attention to the problem.  Wasting less food and supporting local farmers is the second of the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and reducing food waste is central to the EU’s Farm to Fork strategy.

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Addressing food waste is key to achieving sustainability.  SGD 12 for sustainable production and consumption patterns aims to halve global per capita food waste at retail and consumer level and reduce food losses along production and supply chains by 2030.

The processing stage of the food chain is a rich vein of possibilities, offering high homogeneity of waste streams and large, concentrated amounts of waste, which reduces logistics and capital costs.  At this stage, recycling is a key option that can generate products such as bioenergy carriers and compost, as well as products with high economic added value.

Food waste in the world 2020

What these two women have done, is to develop and launch a project that promotes mainly the act of sharing food and avoiding food waste, and it all stems from the founders’ own experiences that prompted them to reflect on the matter and set out to generate a change.

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Even since the beginning of the pandemic, this app is also being used to offer food to those who have limited resources or who have lost their jobs because of the same situation, just download the app and review the requirements to help or request assistance.

It is a very digital age way to try to reduce the amount of food that is wasted and everything is possible from your home, for free using your Smartphone and with the best intention to contribute.

Food waste un

Here’s a shameful statistic: up to one-third of the world’s food is wasted. In developing countries, this represents between 400 and 500 calories per person per day. But in developed nations this figure is as high as 1500 calories per capita.

In these nations, food is lost on farms or on the way to market due to poor infrastructure and storage conditions. In developed countries, food is wasted in the retail sector and by consumers.

Food waste also wastes resources such as water, energy, fertilizer and land. All of these become more valuable and expensive. The increase in the world’s population from 7 billion today to 9 billion in 2050 forces us to improve rapidly, while facing problems today due to water scarcity, climate variability and a limited amount of arable land.

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When food goes to waste, many people have a legitimate right to be angry. They ask if food can be distributed more efficiently so that surpluses reach those who need it most. Could we all buy and eat only what we need? Why can’t we consider food as a natural resource that should not be wasted?