A growing number of companies and organizations are supporting the SAVE FOOD Initiative dedicated to the fight against global food loss and waste. NESTLE, the world’s largest food company, has recently joined this initiative, bringing the number to 100 industrial companies, associations, and media working together with SAVE FOOD, a broad-based alliance that covers a large range of the food value chain.
Each year, worldwide, a third of all food is thrown away or lost, while some 842 million people are suffering from hunger. In 2011, in order to find solutions for this problem, Messe Düsseldorf and the Food and Agriculture Association of the United Nations (FAO) jointly launched the SAVE FOOD Initiative, which has also been supported by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) since the beginning of 2013. By networking with its public partner organizations and members in industry, the initiative aims to identify specific ways of reducing international food loss and waste.
“Reducing food loss and waste is an important part of the journey to be able to feed 9.6 billion people by 2050,” said Dr. Anne Roulin, global R&D sustainability manager, NESTLE. “We are delighted to join the SAVE FOOD Initiative as the complex issue of addressing food loss and waste can only be tackled through a holistic and collaborative approach. NESTLE is firmly committed to further reducing food loss and waste along the entire production chain from farm to consumers and beyond.”
The SAVE FOOD approach
To achieve its goal of a substantial reduction in food loss and waste, the SAVE FOOD Initiative is pursuing four successive goals:
1. It is essential to draw the necessary attention to the problem and raise awareness.
2. The involvement of industry makes it possible to pool the resources of private and public organizations.
3. The combination of expertise that arises in this process is used for the development of basic strategies and programs.
4. Building on this, the aim is to establish concrete investment programs that encourage and call for engagement by public and private enterprises.
A multi-faceted global issue
The reasons for food loss and waste differ greatly from one region of the world to the next. In the less developed countries, up to 40% of food spoils before it even reaches the consumer. In contrast, in the western industrialized nations like Germany, food waste mainly takes place at the end of the food value chain, i.e. with the consumer. Here, up to 30% of all food is disposed of unused. Just a quarter of the food currently lost worldwide would be sufficient to feed those suffering from hunger worldwide.
Companies interested in joining the SAVE FOOD initiative should contact Isabel Chanteaux at +49 211 4560 208 or ChanteauxI@messe-duesseldorf.de
More details are available at www.save-food.org.
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