Think, Eat, Save: UNEP, FAO and Partners Launch Global Campaign to Change Culture of Food Waste

28/01/2013 - On Tuesday 22 January, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and several other partners launched a new global campaign to cut food waste. The Think.Eat.Save. Reduce Your Foodprint campaign is supported by the SAVE FOOD Initiative to reduce food loss and waste along the entire chain of food production and consumption. It specifically targets food wasted by consumers, retailers and the hospitality industry, and highlights simple actions by consumers and food retailers which can help cut the 1.3 billion tonnes of food lost or wasted each year and help shape a sustainable future.

Worldwide, about one-third of all food produced, worth around US$1 trillion, gets lost or wasted in food production and consumption systems, according to data released by FAO and confirmed by a recent report by the Institute of Mechanical Engineers. Food loss occurs mostly at the production stages – harvesting, processing and distribution – while food waste typically takes place at the retailer and consumer end of the food-supply chain. Per-capita waste by consumers is between 95 and 115 kg a year in Europe and North America/Oceania, while consumers in sub-Saharan Africa, south and south-eastern Asia each throw away only 6 to 11 kg a year.

Think.Eat.Save harnesses the expertise of organizations such as WRAP (Waste and Resources Action Programme), Feeding the 5,000 and other partners, including national governments, who have considerable experience targeting and changing wasteful practices. The campaign aims to accelerate action and provide a global vision and information-sharing portal for the many and diverse initiatives currently underway around the world.

Visit www.thinkeatsave.org for more information on the campaign.

To find out more about how to avoid (food) waste in everyday life, visit the Best Practices section of the Pre-waste website.

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