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#10 from 2017: Campaign Art: Food Waste

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Our Top Ten blog posts by readership in 2017. This post was originally published on January 18, 2017.  

People, Spaces, Deliberation bloggers present exceptional campaign art from all over the world. These examples are meant to inspire.
According to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), annually around the world 1.3 billion tons of food is lost or wasted. In the world, where about one in nine people do not have enough food (that’s some 795 million people), food waste presents an enormous opportunity for tackling food insecurity.
In order to bring more attention to the issue of food loss and waste and promote food loss reduction, FAO is leading the Save Food global initiative, partnering with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), and others in the private sector and civil society.

Source: Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)

The video encourages us to make #notwasting a way of life, and promotes food loss reduction. It also highlights different levels where food loss and waste occurs:   

  • Harvest and processing level;
  • Retail or consumer level;
  • Transportation level;
  • Retail level;
  • Consumer level.

Source: Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)

Not only does lost and wasted food deprive the world’s hungry from daily nourishment, food loss and waste also negatively impacts our environment, consumes resources such as water, energy, land, labor, capital, and contributes to greenhouse emissions. In fact, “nearly 30% of the world’s agricultural land is currently occupied to produce food that is ultimately never consumed.”

Source: Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)

Promotion of food loss reduction and increasing efficiency throughout the whole food chain is necessary in order to reach the World Bank Group's 2030 agenda of ending extreme poverty and boosting shared prosperity and to reach the Sustainable Development Goals.  
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