Think.Eat.Save: Reduce Your Foodprint!

 

WASTE -- an informative short film on the relationship between food waste and resource waste.
A film production of SCHNITTSTELLE THURN GbR commissioned by WWF Germany and UNEP in collaboration with SIWI and FAO

 

On World Environment Day this week, the United Nations Environment Programme launched a new report to shed light on the problem of food waste around the world.  Reducing Food Loss and Waste was produced by the World Resources Institute (WRI) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), and draws on research from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).

"Within the challenge of food are the seeds of a more cooperative and sustainable future-in short it is an issue that unites everyone today and generations to come. The menu of case studies and recommendations in this study provide national and community-led solutions that ally smart policies with traditional knowledge, modern science and common sense.” said Mr. Achim Steiner, UN Under-Secretary General and UNEP Executive Director.

“Everyone-from farmers and food companies to retailers, shipping lines, packagers, hotels, restaurants and households-has a role to play, and, in doing so, can contribute to maximizing the opportunities of the Millennium Development Goals, eradicating inequalities in rich and poor countries alike and laying the foundations of a more environmentally sustainable pathway for billions of people," he added.

Think.Eat.Save: Reduce your Foodprint is not just the theme for this year’s World Environment Day, but a new movement to reduce the amount of food we waste from seed to fork. 

UNEP, together with FAO and WRAP (Waste and Resources Action Programme), is developing a food waste prevention and reduction tool kit with industry experts, supermarkets, governments and other partners. The initiative will support governments, companies and cities to better assess their own levels of food waste, pinpoint areas in their businesses and communities where food is being needlessly wasted, and devise strategies to reduce this waste. The tool kit is expected to be available for widespread deployment before the end of 2013, and aims to underpin a transition to a less wasteful world.

This week the USDA and EPA also showed their concern for the growing food waste problem by launching the US Food Waste Challenge. "Food waste is the single largest type of waste entering our landfills -- Americans throw away up to 40 percent of their food. Addressing this issue not only helps with combating hunger and saving money, but also with combating climate change: food in landfills decomposes to create potent greenhouse gases," said EPA Acting Administrator Bob Perciasepe.  As part of its contribution to the U.S. Food Waste Challenge, USDA is initiating a wide range of activities including activities to reduce waste in the school meals program, educate consumers about food waste and food storage, and develop new technologies to reduce food waste.  The goal of the U.S. Food Waste Challenge is to lead a fundamental shift in how we think about and manage food and food waste in this country. Join the challenge and tell USDA and EPA what you are doing to divert, convert or avoid food waste.

Let this World Environment Day be a beginning for you, your family, and your company to change the way we think about our food system.  Think.Eat.Save and reduce your foodprint.  Click here for some good ways to start.

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