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Food Waste Within Global Systems

This report was commissioned by the UK’s Global Food Security (GFS) programme to better understand the issues surrounding food waste in developing and developed countries, with a particular focus on understanding where new approaches and new research may be instrumental in reducing waste. http://www.foodsecurity.ac.uk/assets/pdfs/food-waste-report.pdf

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Food Losses and Waste in China and Their Implication for Water and Land

Researchers from Beijing Forest University performed a comprehensive review on available information on food loss and food waste in China. Results show 19% of grains are lost from field to fork. http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/es401426b

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Food Waste Statistics Leave A Bad Taste

An opinion editorial in The Nation comments on the negative impacts of global food loss and food waste. MS Swaminathan, famous for his work in spurring the Indian ‘green revolution’, remarks that issues of loss and waste are becoming central to discussions on food security and sustainable development. http://www.nationmultimedia.com/opinion/Food-waste-statistics-leave-a-bad-taste-30213623.html

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Nearly 20 Percent of Chinese Grain Wasted From Farm to Fork

A report by the American Chemical Society says that 19 of every 100 pounds of grain produced in China is wasted before reaching its intended end. Consumer waste accounts for the highest portion, says the report, at 7%. http://www.foodengineeringmag.com/articles/91152-nearly-20-percent-of-chinese-grain-wasted-from-farm-to-fork

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Food Security Strategies Need to Focus on Demand

Public debate over the future of food security has spiked as comments made by Tesco CEO Philip Clarke and UK Global Food Security programme Professor Tim Benton raise concerns over availability and affordability of food in coming decades. This post echoes the message of Benton and others that food waste and food loss must be […]

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Ghana Loses GHC 700,000 in Postharvest Losses

Ghana government officials report the country loses between 20% to 50% of crops, valued at approximately $350,000 USD each year. Pointing to poor storage, transportation, and market infrastructure as problems of loss, one government official is also highly concerned about the amount of consumer food waste. http://www.modernghana.com/news/468875/1/ghana-loses-ghc700000-in-post-harvest-loss.html

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Prevention and Reduction of Food Waste

The European Economic and Social Committee released an ‘opinion on civil society’s contribution to a strategy for prevention and reduction of food losses and food waste’ after convening recently to discuss waste problems in Europe. The committee strongly urges that posharvest loss issues be raised to the EU level. http://www.eesc.europa.eu/?i=portal.en.nat-opinions.25955

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Freezing the Footprint of Food

The World Wildlife Fund listed reducing food loss and waste in the food chain as the first step to ‘freezing the footprint of food’, or producing twice as much food with the same amount of resources. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-jason-clay/population-growth-food_b_3280807.html

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Reducing Food Waste May Feed Hungry Billions

At an annual meeting of the world’s largest scientific society, the American Chemical Society, the keynote speaker addressed the importance of reducing food loss and food waste in order to feed a population of 9 billion. http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2013-04-08/health/38372064_1_food-supply-food-losses-waste

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Boost Waste Research to Secure Food Supply

A leading UK academic announced at a recent forum on food security that investment in reducing waste is far more significant than spending to increase productivity. http://www.foodmanufacture.co.uk/Manufacturing/Boost-waste-research-to-secure-food-supply  

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