by Rick Goldman
In a world of seven billion people, set to grow to nine billion by 2050, wasting food makes no sense – economically, environmentally and ethically, aside from the cost implications, all the land, water, fertilizers and labour needed to grow that food is wasted – not to mention the generation of greenhouse gas emissions produced by food decomposing on landfill and the transport of food that is ultimately thrown away.UN Under-Secretary-General and UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner
Together, we can reverse this unacceptable trend and improve lives. In industrialized regions, almost half of the total food squandered, around 300 million tonnes annually, occurs because producers, retailers and consumers discard food that is still fit for consumption.José Graziano da Silva, FAO Director-General
We in France have set the objective of halving food waste by 2025. Currently we are mobilizing the whole of the food chain, from producers and industry, through distribution, and up to consumers for this essential action. This is why I welcome this UNEP and FAO initiative, which will create an international mobilization that will prove more effective by virtue of everybody working together. The fight against food waste on a global scale is a key priority of civilization and an imperative path we must take if we want to ameliorate the food challenge.Guillaume GAROT, French Minister Agrofood
“It is great news that WRAP is working with the UN Environment Programme to develop a plan to reduce global food waste. Each year around 400,000 tonnes of food and drink are wasted by household in Wales alone. On a global scale, the staggering amount of food we waste is wholly unacceptable and a huge drain on our precious resources. That is why tackling the problem of food waste is a top priority for the Welsh Government and every local council in Wales runs a weekly food waste collection service that covers nine out of ten households.”
Wales’s Environment and Sustainable Development Minister, John Griffiths
“The vast amount of good food which is wasted globally shames us all. It’s also a shocking waste of all the energy and water used in food production, which leads to higher prices and hurts national economies. As Scotland’s Food Minister, I am passionate about both maximising the amount of high quality food we produce and reducing the amount of food we waste. With people going hungry around the world we each have a personal responsibility not to waste this valuable resource.”
Scotland’s Environment Secretary, Richard Lochhead
“This is a great initiative to get consumers and businesses to think more about the food we throw away. Nobody likes to waste food, so we need to do all we can to make it easier to buy, consume, and throw away only what we absolutely need to.”
Luke Upchurch, Head of Communications and External Affairs, Consumers International
“Tackling food waste is a key priority, both to make what we have go further, especially in the developing world, and to help conserve the vital natural resources on which future production depends. Wasting food also wastes money as well as everything else used to make it. We know from our own work with WRAP in the UK food industry that they will be able to add real value to UNEP’s initiative to devise a global reduction programme, building on lessons learned from actions already taken. The Food and Drink Federation, as the voice of the UK’s largest manufacturing sector, is pleased to offer its support to this new and exciting partnership.”
Andrew Kuyk, Director of Sustainability, UK Food and Drink Federation
“FUSIONS welcomes the focus given to reducing food waste around the world by the new campaign. FUSIONS is leading an EU-wide dialogue on how to prevent food waste, working with FAO Save Food.”
Professor Toine Timmermans
About Rick Goldman
Rick Goldman's grandpa was a captain of a California coast cruise.
With this luxury, as a young boy, Rick traveled to exciting places of the Pacific Coast.
There Rick got to try different exotic foods along the journey.
These days Rick really likes blogging from the beautiful garden of his grandpa's home, sharing their magical journeys and culinary experiences of the old days.