Nearly a third of all food produced in the world goes uneaten each year, an amount that costs the global economy $940 billion and emits 8% of planet-warming greenhouse gases. A new report Reducing Food Loss and Waste: Setting a Global Action Agenda, by the World Resources Institute, released on 29 August, lays an agenda to overcome the world’s food loss and waste problem.
Goals to end food loss
The report was released at the World Food Summit in Copenhagen, Denmark to help meet the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030, contribute to the Paris Agreement on climate change and sustainably feed the planet by 2050. It will guide businesses, governments and society to play an active role in tackling food loss and waste.
The UN set a global goal to cut food loss and waste in half by 2030. Andrew Steer, President of the World Resources Institute, says there’s more public and private sector activity than ever with 30 of the world’s largest global food companies setting targets to reduce food loss and waste, but we’re still falling short in major areas. “Halving food loss and waste by 2030 is critical if we’re to feed the world without destroying the planet. The three-pronged agenda we’re urging, gives the world a blueprint for success with specific action items everyone must take now to combat waste,” he says.
Closing the gap