Int’l Day of Awareness on Food and Waste Reduction: Reducing food losses essential, says iGP


Press Statement

Unchir-Dunktok, Pauri Garhwal, Uttarakhand, 29 September 2021: On the occasion of the International Day of Awareness on Food and Waste Reduction today, the India Greens Party (iGP) said reducing food losses and waste is essential in a world where the number of people affected by hunger has been on the rise, and tons and tons of edible food are lost and wasted every day.

In a press statement issued on the occasion of the International Day of Awareness on Food and Waste Reduction today here at the national head office of the iGP, the iGP President Suresh Nautiyal said food loss and waste undermine the sustainability of our food systems. When food is lost or wasted, all the resources that were used to produce this food including water, land, energy, labour and capital go waste.

Mr Nautiyal reminded around 14 percent of food produced is lost between harvest and retail globally. Significant quantities are also wasted in retail and at the consumption level. An estimated 17 percent of total global food production is wasted (11 percent in households, 5 percent in the food service and 2 percent in retail). And, food that is lost and wasted accounts for 38 percent of total energy usage in the global food system.

In addition, the disposal of food loss and waste in landfills, leads to greenhouse gas emissions, contributing to climate change. Food loss and waste can also negatively impact food security and food availability, and contribute to increasing the cost of food.

The International Day of Awareness of Food Loss and Waste is an opportunity to call to action both the public and private sector, to prioritise actions and move ahead with innovation to reduce food loss and waste towards restoring and building back better and resilient-ready, food systems.

The Green leader said our food systems cannot be resilient if they are not sustainable, hence the need to focus on the adoption of integrated approaches designed to reduce food loss and waste.

Actions are required globally and locally to maximise the use of the food we produce. The introduction of technologies, innovative solutions (including e-commerce platforms for marketing, retractable mobile food processing systems), new ways of working and good practices to manage food quality and reduce food loss and waste are key to implementing this transformative change.

Issued by Deepak Dabral, iGP Office Secretary.


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