International Day of Awareness of Food Loss and Waste 2022 Theme, Quotes, History, Date

By | July 14, 2022

International Day of Awareness of Food Loss and Waste 2022 Theme, Quotes, History, Date:

Food waste occurs along the entire spectrum of production, from the farm to distribution to retailers to the consumer. Reasons include losses from mold, pests, or inadequate climate control; losses from cooking; and intentional food waste.

This waste is categorized differently based on where it occurs:

  • Food “loss” occurs before the food reaches the consumer as a result of issues in the production, storage, processing, and distribution phases.
  • Food “waste” refers to food that is fit for consumption but consciously discarded at the retail or consumption phases.

Benefits of Less Food Waste

  • Cost savings on labor through more efficient handling, preparation, and storage of food that will be used.
  • Cost savings when purchasing only as much food as needed, and avoiding additional costs of disposal.
  • Reduced methane emissions from landfills and a lower carbon footprint.
  • Better management of energy and resources, preventing pollution involved in the growing, manufacturing, transporting, and selling of food.
  • Community benefits by providing donated, untouched, and safe food that would otherwise be thrown out.

The first ever observance of the International Day of Awareness of Food Loss and Waste comes during the global COVID-19 pandemic, which has brought to widespread attention the need to transform and rebalance the way our food is produced and consumed, FAO says.

They point out that reducing food waste is essential in a world where hunger has been increasing since 2014. “Tons and tons of edible food are lost or wasted every day,” says FAO, adding that globally around 14 percent of food produced is lost between harvest and retail.

In addition, food waste puts strong pressures on natural resources and the environment, since food production uses valuable resources such as land, water, energy and fuel. It is also linked to greenhouse gas emissions. “When food is lost or wasted, all the resources that were used to produce this food, including water, land, energy, labour and capital, go to waste,” says the organisation.

They stress that actions are required both locally and globally to reduce food loss and waste, and that all food supply chain stakeholders must be involved, from food producers and retailers to consumers.

It is essential that consumers change their shopping habits, the Slovenian Consumers’ Association and the association of Ecologists Without Borders said ahead of the International Day of Awareness of Food Loss and Waste. They pointed out that, according to the data of the national statistical office for 2018, every Slovenian citizen unnecessarily wastes around 13 kilograms of edible food per year. In order to reduce such waste they are advised to plan their meals, to always bring a shopping list when they go to the grocery store, not to buy food in bulk just because it is on sale, and to save leftovers and reuse them later.

This international day is also being celebrated at the Ministry of the Environment and Spatial Planning, where they launched a campaign with the slogan “We’re not throwing that away!”. The campaign aims to raise awareness among consumers on how to contribute to the reduction of food waste in their households.

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