Being part of a traditional French culture that places a high priority on the enjoyment of food, it’s hard to imagine the subject of food waste. However, according to the many different analysis and types of food, there is a well known fact that between 40-60% of the world’s food production will end up in the trash can instead of on a plate.
How is this possible? Where are we loosing all this food?
To see where food is being wasted we can start at the beginning of the food chain and then go upstream. Food is being wasted even before leaving the fields, if it’s not the right color or shape it never makes it on the truck to the processing plant. This is where more food is rejected, if a few tomatoes on the pallet have gone bad, they all get rejected. If the milk analysis shows too much water added to make the volume good, the entire load is discarded.
In addition, we see more food being rejecting during the actual processing phase. Food packaging issues is another area of concern, with 2-3% of bottles typically trashed in the factories for labeling positioning issues and they just go into the trash according to one packaging leader inGermany.
Transport from the plant to distribution centers and supermarkets are another source of damages. Then finally at home, it is very frequent that we do not finish a portion of the food we bought, put it in the fridge for another day and then finally trash it.
These looses occurring all along the food chain are troubling, not only when you think of the amount of food being wasted, but what about the 1 Billion people that go hungry. And the demand for food will grow even larger as the worldwide population passes the 7 Billion mark and a forecast of 9 Billion for 2050.
More and more of us are moving to large cites and become more dependent on process food. Agricultural lands are being replaced by buildings and food habits are evolving to be more refined for processed food. How are we going to feed everybody?
One readily available solution could be to reduce food wastes by more care on the recycling, processing, transport and finally more size adapted food packaging.
Does this seam to you a good possibility; does this way of progress make sense?