Creating Ripples - Food Waste / Lost

Maya
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Creating Ripples - Food Waste / Lost

Postby Maya » 16 Oct 2015, 20:32

How much food is really being wasted?
Roughly one third of the food produced in the world for human consumption every year — approximately 1.3 billion tonnes — gets lost or wasted

What's the difference between food loss and food waste?
• Waste occurs toward the back end of the food chain, at the retail and consumer level. In general, the richer the nation, the higher its per capita rate of waste.
• Loss, on the other hand, mostly occurs at the front of the food chain—during production, postharvest, and processing—and it's far less prevalent in industrialized nations than in the developing world, which tends to lack the infrastructure to deliver all of its food, in decent shape, to consumers eager to eat it

What are the reasons for food waste and food lost?
• Food lost:
○ Ineffective infrastructure to handle the chain of production of food (for example: absence of refrigeration, inability to convert food to shelf-stable foods, Bad road and rail conditions slow down the time the food freshly reach the market, lack of storage space)
○ Lack of good water
○ Absence of existing technology to support with the food production.

• Food Waste:
○ Consumerist behaviour - Food being wasted in restaurants and house holds
○ Economic / consumerism - maintaining pricing and profit for example farmers will also leave entire blocks of fruit or vegetables in orchards and fields for fear of flooding the market and depressing prices. Markets will throw away good food that was labelled as 'used by' to maintain the quality/image of the brand name.

What are the consequences of food waste?
• Humanitarian - lost opportunity to feed people that are starving
• Abuse of resources - waste of vast quantities of fuel, agricultural chemicals, water, land, and labor needed to produce food - resources that could have utilized for supportive activities.
• Environment - food waste leads to wasteful use of chemicals such as fertilizers and pesticides; more fuel used for transportation; and more rotting food, creating more methane – one of the most harmful greenhouse gases that contributes to climate change.

Solutions
The natural geographic article provide sustainable solutions that are already in the public awareness.
LIG will provide encompassing/holistic solutions within the understanding that food waste cannot be changed or solved without entirely solving the rest of the global problems which are all interconnected with human nature, education, money, politics and so forth.

More resources:

Encompassing article about food waste/lost and solutions -
One-Third of Food Is Lost or Wasted: What Can Be Done
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news ... ce-ngfood/

Food Waste Facts
http://www.unep.org/wed/2013/quickfacts/

USDA and EPA Join with Private Sector, Charitable Organizations to Set Nation's First Food Waste Reduction Goals
http://www.usda.gov/wps/portal/usda/usd ... evecontent

U.S. Food Waste Challenge - FAQ's
http://www.usda.gov/oce/foodwaste/faqs.htm

Food Waste: The Facts - By United Nations Environment Programme, Regional Office of North America
http://www.worldfooddayusa.org/food_waste_the_facts

Survey Highlights Consumer Misunderstanding of Food Waste
http://www.thefishsite.com/fishnews/265 ... ood-waste/

The Shocking Cost Of Food Waste
http://www.forbes.com/sites/bethhoffman ... ood-waste/

Almost half of the world's food thrown away, report finds
http://www.theguardian.com/environment/ ... food-waste

The Key to Ending Global Hunger Is on the Battlefield
http://www.takepart.com/article/2015/10 ... hunger-war

Singaporeans regularly waste food, survey finds
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/sin ... 95660.html

One third of all food wasted!
http://www.unric.org/en/food-waste/2713 ... ood-wasted



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Re: Creating Ripples - Food Waste / Lost

Postby CerisePoolman » 18 Oct 2015, 20:03

http://activistsjourneytolife.blogspot. ... human.html

Did you know that roughly one third (1.3 billion tonnes) of the food produced every year is wasted or lost?

Here are some facts from the United Nations Environment Program site:

The impact of food waste is not just financial. Environmentally, food waste leads to wasteful use of chemicals such as fertilizers and pesticides; more fuel used for transportation; and more rotting food, creating more methane – one of the most harmful greenhouse gases that contributes to climate change. Methane is 23 times more potent than CO2 as a greenhouse gas. The vast amount of food going to landfills makes a significant contribution to global warming.

Roughly one third of the food produced in the world for human consumption every year — approximately 1.3 billion tonnes — gets lost or wasted.
Every year, consumers in rich countries waste almost as much food (222 million tonnes) as the entire net food production of sub-Saharan Africa (230 million tonnes).
The amount of food lost or wasted every year is equivalent to more than half of the world's annual cereals crop (2.3 billion tonnes in 2009/2010).
Food loss and waste also amount to a major squandering of resources, including water, land, energy, labour and capital and needlessly produce greenhouse gas emissions, contributing to global warming and climate change.
In developing countries food waste and losses occur mainly at early stages of the food value chain and can be traced back to financial, managerial and technical constraints in harvesting techniques as well as storage –and cooling facilities. Thus, a strengthening of the supply chain through the support farmers and investments in infrastructure, transportation, as well as in an expansion of the food –and packaging industry could help to reduce the amount of food loss and waste.
In medium- and high-income countries food is wasted and lost mainly at later stages in the supply chain. Differing from the situation in developing countries, the behavior of consumers plays a huge part in industrialized countries. Moreover, the study identified a lacking coordination between actors in the supply chain as a contributing factor. Farmer-buyer agreements can be helpful to increase the level of coordination. Additionally, raising awareness among industries, retailers and consumers as well as finding beneficial use for save food that is presently thrown away are useful measures to decrease the amount of losses and waste.
In the United States 30% of all food, worth US$48.3 billion (€32.5 billion), is thrown away each year. It is estimated that about half of the water used to produce this food also goes to waste, since agriculture is the largest human use of water. (Jones, 2004 cited in Lundqvist et al., 2008)
United Kingdom households waste an estimated 6.7 million tonnes of food every year, around one third of the 21.7 million tonnes purchased. This means that approximately 32% of all food purchased per year is not eaten. Most of this (5.9 million tonnes or 88%) is currently collected by local authorities. Most of the food waste (4.1 million tonnes or 61%) is avoidable and could have been eaten had it been better managed (WRAP, 2008; Knight and Davis, 2007).
In the USA, organic waste is the second highest component of landfills, which are the largest source of methane emissions.

I am sure that you will agree that this is a complete and total f**k-up. The fact that there are billions living in absolute poverty or on the breadline while so much food is wasted is, simply put, an indication of exactly how far removed we as humanity are from each other. Is it that we don't care about each other? Yes and no. When faced with suffering most people will feel immense empathy, yet often it is only when we can actually witness the suffering first hand that we will feel anything. The rest of the time, other people outside of our personal bubble of relationships are simply not included in our awareness. We don't think of all of the people who are sleeping in the cold, or living with a constant, gnawing hunger, or having to face an abusive person every day of their lives.

There are a number of solutions that could be implemented for the issue of food wastage and loss, some of which can be seen here: One-Third of Food Is Lost or Wasted: What Can Be Done

As for the issue of developing our awareness, part of our limited spheres of focus in life can be attributed to the act of trying to survive - all of our focus is placed on doing what it takes to survive and having a few personal sources of enjoyment. Another contributory aspect is that our societies have become very much focused on individualism rather than collectivism. I don't mean collectivism as in the commonly misinterpreted and ill-defined term of communism, but rather the understanding that we are all interdependent and interconnected, rather than independent and separated. Our mindsets are developed to only think about our personal lives and loved ones, and in order to change this we essentially need to change the way we think. There is a lot of material available on the internet that share different world views and potential solutions, as well as many sources exposing the flawed way of thinking AND system that we live in.

We are each responsible for ourselves - absolutely - yet we are also responsible for each other. The only way that we can make this world a better place for all life is if we all stand together within the living of sustainable and holistic solutions that will benefit the many.






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Re: Creating Ripples - Food Waste / Lost

Postby CerisePoolman » 19 Nov 2015, 18:34

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i7B5-At ... ture=share - Sunette

Why does food waste / loss exist on a global scale within human civilization? What within the history of human civilization and the conditioning of human nature contributed to food waste / loss existing and so the inequality of food availability and distribution on a global scale? What can be changed on an individual level with regards to our relationship with food to eventually be able to make a difference on a global scale?




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