RELEASE: New Research Finds Companies Saved $14 for Every $1 Invested in Reducing Food Waste

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RELEASE: New Research Finds Companies Saved $14 for Every $1 Invested in Reducing Food Waste  

Report from Champions 12.3 shows that companies, consumers and governments can save billions of dollars and millions of tons of food by acting to cut food loss and waste

WASHINGTON (March 6, 2017)–One-third of all food produced in the world is never eaten, which has tremendous economic, social and environmental consequences. New research on behalf of Champions 12.3 finds that for every $1 companies invested to reduce food loss and waste, they saved $14 in operating costs. The report finds that household savings could be much greater.

In a first-of-its kind analysis, The Business Case for Reducing Food Loss and Waste evaluated financial cost and benefit data for 1,200 sites across 700 companies in 17 countries, finding that nearly every site realized a positive return on its investment to reduce food waste. The types of investments companies made include: quantifying and monitoring food loss and waste, training staff on practices to reduce waste, changing food storage and handling processes, changing packaging to extend shelf-life, changing date labels, and other staff and technology investments.

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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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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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SDG Target 12.3 on Food Loss and Waste: 2016 Progress Report

A new report released September 22 assesses the world’s progress toward Target 12.3 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which calls on all nations to halve food waste and reduce food loss by 2030. Given the magnitude of food loss and waste globally, the report recommends nations, cities and businesses in the food supply chain move quickly to set reduction targets, measure progress and take action to reduce food loss and waste.

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We grow enough food. Getting it onto people’s plates is the problem.

By Kanayo Nwanze, President of International Fund for Agricultural Development

The post originally appeared on Huffington Post on August 29. 

World leaders have agreed to the ambitious goal of eradicating hunger by 2030. The scale of the problem is daunting. Every day 800 million people go to bed with empty stomachs and more than 8,000 children die needlessly from conditions linked to under-nutrition. And by the time we reach 2030, the global population is likely to include an additional 1.5 billion mouths to feed.

With these kinds of numbers, it is hard to believe we live in a world of plenty and we actually produce enough to feed every hungry person on earth. It is horrifying to think that one third of the food produced in the world is never consumed due to loss or waste.
When we think of food waste in the developed world, we think of consumable food thrown out of supermarkets, restaurants and homes. In the developing world, it is a different issue. Food is lost before it even gets to the market. Grain losses in sub-Saharan Africa alone are worth up to US$4 billion a year – enough to provide the minimum food requirements of at least 48 million people.

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No Time to Waste

By Dave Lewis,  Group Chief Executive of Tesco and Chair of Champions 12.3

These remarks were delivered at the Consumer Goods Forum Global Summit on June 15, 2016

Ladies and gentlemen, good afternoon. I’m delighted to be here.

Now I’m more than happy to say anything you like on Tesco, but if you will allow me, I’m here more for the next twenty minutes or so in my capacity of chairing Champions 12.3. As you know, it’s a commitment globally on food waste, and I’m delighted to tell you that the Consumer Goods Forum is signed up to that commitment.

It’s quite a broad church. It’s the first time I’ve been involved in something like this that comes out of the UN. A lot of the people that are involved in that space come to it from quite unique perspectives, and that’s what makes it really very rich.

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Want to Reduce Your Food Loss and Waste? New Guidance Can Help.

By Paul Bulcke, Chief Executive Officer, Nestlé SA, and Dr. Andrew Steer. This post originally appeared on Huffington Post.

Around the globe, about one-third of all food produced for human consumption goes to waste. It rots, gets lost in transport or is simply left on our plates. The impact of this loss extends beyond just food: Production of food that is wasted uses 24 percent of all agriculture-related water, causes 8 percent of all human-created greenhouse gas emissions, and costs consumers, farmers and businesses up to $940 billion per year.

Last year’s Sustainable Development Goals, signed by more than 193 countries, included a target to halve food waste by 2030, while some businesses have set even more ambitious deadlines. In 2015, The Consumer Goods Forum – a coalition of more than 400 of the world’s largest manufacturers, retailers and service providers – resolved that its members should halve food waste from their own operations by 2025.

One major hurdle to meeting these commitments has been a lack of consistent guidance. The recent Global Green Growth Forum in Copenhagen addressed this need with the launch of the Food Loss and Waste Accounting and Reporting Standard (FLW Standard). This is the first-ever global guidance for businesses, governments and other groups to measure and report on their food loss and waste.

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Evelyn Nguleka: A Farmer’s Perspective on Food Waste

Evelyn NgulekaBy Evelyn Nguleka, President of the World Farmers’ Organization

These remarks were delivered at the Champions 12.3 side event held on May 25, 2016, at the second session of the United Nations Environment Assembly in Nairobi, Kenya. 

My name is Evelyn, I’m the President of the World Farmers’ Organisation. This is an organisation with a secretariat in Italy, but has membership in about 50 countries. So a number of you sitting here, your farmers are members of our organisation.

A lot of things have already been spoken about and a lot of facts have been shared to convince us that we are actually wasting food. My perspective as a farmer – to bring it back to you, I don’t how many of you are farmers – is that a lot of times, the question comes back to us as food producers. Policymakers always come to us and say we need 60 percent more food produced to feed the booming population. But then, if you really think about what has been said by everybody ahead of me, do you believe that? Sixty percent?

I think we are blaming the wrong people. Not to say that farmers are not going to produce more food, but I think a lot has already been done to produce food and what are we doing with what we have?

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