Almost a third of food produced for human consumption is wasted every year, according to the UN agency FAO. Worldwide, this amounts to 1.3 billion tonnes of food lost in the production chain between field and plate.
Preventing and reducing food waste is one direct, significant action that helps to meet Sustainable Development Goals, particularly ending poverty and famine (SDGs 1 and 2), promoting responsible consumption (SDG 12), and protecting our planet (SDG 13). Tackling food waste thus means taking environmental, social and economic action.
The FAO estimates that food waste costs almost US$ 680 billion in industrialised countries and US$ 310 billion in developing countries. Throughout the world, from individual citizens to the food and drink industry, from restaurants to supermarkets, from school canteens to farmers, a great many of us are responsible.
Motivated by this observation and the social challenge it represents, Future of Waste, the environmentally responsible mobilisation programme co-created by Makesense and SUEZ, dedicated its 2019 campaign to the problem of biowaste – from prevention to collection and recovery.
During the campaign, we identified a number of solutions and entrepreneurs committed to fighting food waste, which we present in the following article. This list is a non-exhaustive one, aiming at illustrating opportunities for change and inspire those who would also like to take action!