WWF’s report on farm-level food waste

In July 2021, WWF published their report ‘Driven to Waste: The Global Impact of Food Loss and Waste on Farms‘. It added to the efforts of UNEP and the FAO to quantify how much food waste is made through supply chains, and help find solutions for Sustainable Development Goal 12.3. However, the definition of foodContinue reading “WWF’s report on farm-level food waste”

Best before, no more

Best before dates belong in the bin. “Best before” means that the food is at its prime before this date, but is still totally safe to eat afterwards. However, many people take this as a cue to throw it away. The “use by” dates are the ones that you need to take notice of. ButContinue reading “Best before, no more”

What gives food more value, and how does this reduce food waste?

“… what remains when the good, fruitful, valuable, nourishing and useful has been taken […] the tat, the lowly that has sunk to the depth of a value system”. Scanlan, 2005 As Scalan posits, and as I explore in the Longer read What is food waste?, waste is simply something that has lost value toContinue reading “What gives food more value, and how does this reduce food waste?”

How is food waste measured, and why does it matter?

Food waste is a global issue, accounting for 8% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions. In comparison, aviation accounts for just over 2%. If food waste were a country, it would be the third biggest emitter after the US and China. According to the FAO, we waste one third of all food produced for humanContinue reading “How is food waste measured, and why does it matter?”

National Geographic: The End of Trash

By Robert Kunzig and Luca Locatelli I was so delighted when the National Geographic devoted its March 2020 issue to waste, including its front page spread and mesmerising images from Luca Locatelli. I actually found out about it from following Locatelli on Instagram, and immediately ran out to the newsagent to buy a copy. FoodContinue reading “National Geographic: The End of Trash”

Food waste facts

Image by Jill Wellington In 2011, the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the UN found that globally, we waste ONE THIRD of the food we produce. According to that estimate, this equates to 1.3 billion tonnes of food a year. Climate For our climate, this is vast. Rotting food emits methane, a greenhouse gasContinue reading “Food waste facts”