Dutch Taskforce Connects Initiatives Against Food Waste

This post originally appeared on the website for Wageningen University & Research. Several Champions are part of the taskforce, including Feike Sijbesma (Royal DSM), Hans Hoogeveen (FAO),  and Louise Fresco (WUR). 

The Taskforce Circular Economy in Food, launched today during the National Food Summit in the Netherlands, aims to prevent and reduce food waste and become an international frontrunner in the valorisation of agrifood residual streams. The Taskforce, an initiative by Wageningen University & Research, in collaboration with the Ministry of Economic Affairs and the Sustainable Food Alliance, connects initiatives against food waste. It is leading the transition towards acceleration and the development of a circular economy. The Taskforce is currently composed of 25 members from the entire food supply chain, from SMEs to food multinationals, and supplemented with members from public and societal organisations.

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Tesco leads the way with food surplus donations from stores

This news release first appeared online here. Tesco Group’s CEO, Dave Lewis, is Chair of Champions 12.3. 

Tesco has revealed its food surplus redistribution initiative, Community Food Connection, has so far helped serve five million meals to more than 3,300 community groups and charities since its launch less than a year ago.

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EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Why reducing food waste is important and attainable

This op-ed by Champions 12.3 member Michel Landel, CEO of Sodexo, appeared in Reuters on January 5. 

Across the globe, more than one-third of food that is grown and produced for human consumption ends up lost or wasted. And in the U.S., where one in five children face the risk of going hungry, food waste represents the third-largest category of waste in landfills. In America alone, $218 billion is spent growing, processing, transporting and disposing of food that is never eaten. Those numbers don’t even address the social impact of food waste, a facet that is often overlooked, perhaps because it is more difficult to quantify.

In order to address food waste, we must understand the social impacts of this global challenge. The food and catering service industry has a unique opportunity to further move the needle on this problem, but in order to make that happen at scale, we need to help inform customers so they understand and support the food waste reduction challenge. I believe that Sodexo has an important role to play in giving voice and information around this important issue.

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Eliminating Waste Can Feed the Hungry—All of Them

This op-ed by Champions 12.3 member Judith Rodin, president of The Rockefeller Foundation, appeared in TIME on December 1. 

“The problem of food waste contains within it the seeds of its solution”

Imagine, if you will, a disaster movie monster wreaking havoc on the planet. Its thirst drains Lake Geneva of its water three times a year, its hunger devours a third of all of Earth’s food, and its breath emits greenhouse gases at a level outpaced only by the U.S. and China.

You can stop imagining now, because this monster is real, and its name is Global Food Waste. The good news is that we have the means to defeat it, because the problem of food waste contains within it the seeds of its solution. And in doing so, we can feed the 795 million hungry people of the world and save precious natural resources, too. This is why the Rockefeller Foundation has invested hundreds of millions of dollars and enlisted partners around the globe—from large corporations to smallholder farmers, from celebrity chefs to supermarkets—to halve food waste globally, through an initiative we call YieldWise.

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Are you throwing away food that’s still safe to eat?

This op-ed by Champions 12.3 member Liz Goodwin, senior fellow and director of food loss and waste at WRI, appeared on CNN.com on December 23

In this season of festive eating — and festive provisioning — we often have a tricky time planning meals, juggling all the things in our fridge and making sure everyone has a good time and enjoys the food we cook. I know that even in my house, all the date labels on food can cause confusion. What’s the difference between them all? Is the food still safe to eat if it’s getting close to one of the dates? Can I use it to feed my friends and family?

We all often err on the side of caution because we don’t really know the difference between the different types of labels. As a result, it’s often the case in the United Kingdom — and I’m sure it’s the same in the United States — that food gets tossed from home cupboards when it passes its “best by” date.

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The Rockefeller Foundation, USDA, and EPA to Lead Creation of National Resource Center for Action Against Food Waste

NEW YORK, Dec. 15, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Today, The Rockefeller Foundation announced its collaboration with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and a partnership of 10 private sector and non-profit organizations to create “Further With Food: Center for Food Loss and Waste Solutions,” an online hub for the exchange of information and solutions that can help realize the national goal of cutting food waste in half by 2030.

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Speech by Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis at the Launch Meeting of the “EU Platform on Food Losses and Food Waste”

Ladies and Gentlemen,

There are days in the life of people and societies which mark a turning point, between a “before” and an “after”; I am convinced that when it comes to that absurd unethical and anti-economic situation which we call ‘food waste’ this is one of those days.

I am therefore delighted to be here with you today to inaugurate the very first meeting of the EU Platform on Food Losses and Food Waste.

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2030 Champions Brings Together Business and Government to Cut US Food Waste

By Craig Hanson, Global Director for Food, Forests and Water at WRI

Food loss and waste is one of those challenges that is just as local as it is global. Every corner of the earth wastes food, and every nation feels the effects of a warming planet, in part caused by methane released from  the 1.3 billion tons of food that go uneaten every year  And yet, the specifics of food loss and waste vary by country—and to be effective, the solutions have to be local.

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Choose or Lose: Why Gisele and I Are Shifting to a Sustainable Diet

By Andrew Steer, President and CEO of World Resources Institute

This post first appeared on Huffington Post. 

In just a few short years, growing and eating sustainable food has moved from a fringe idea into the mainstream. With a major boost from First Lady Michelle Obama’s garden, nutritionists, community non-profits, environmentalists, and food producers and suppliers have rallied around this idea. During the Obama administration, the U.S. government embraced sustainable food, including setting a target to halve food waste by 2030. Although we don’t yet know what the next administration will do, food choices largely rest with individuals, families, businesses and city leaders.

Embracing a sustainable food system can bring a host of benefits, including getting more food to those who need it, while lowering household bills and lowering emissions that drive climate change.

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Community Food Connection Wins Industry Award

This article is re-posted from Tesco’s website. 

We are pleased to share the news that last night, Tesco’s food surplus redistribution scheme, Community Food Connection with FareShare FoodCloud, won the ‘Sustainable Futures’ award at the prestigious 2016 IGD Awards.

These annual awards celebrate the latest commitments and innovations in the food and grocery industry. This award recognises the hard work our teams have done together in rolling out this scheme to Tesco stores, to tackle food waste and food poverty in the UK.

The scheme is delivered in partnership with food redistribution charity FareShare and social enterprise FoodCloud and is currently live in over 800 Tesco stores. The scheme has donated over 1.4 million meals worth of surplus food to people in need to date, and over 3,000 local charities and community groups have signed up. These include homeless shelters, substance abuse rehabilitation services, after school clubs, foodbanks and many more. It is hoped that through this scheme people in need right across the UK will benefit from both our surplus food and the much-needed support and advice of these vital charities.

At Tesco we are committed that no good food will go to waste in our stores by the end of 2017. Community Food Connection is one of the ways we will make this a reality. A big thank you to everyone who has made this possible.

Tesco was the first retailer to publish its food waste data and to invest in and roll out FareShare FoodCloud to its stores. For more information on how we are reducing food waste from farm to fork, click here.