The Tesco CEO joins other high-profile figures in the fight against global food waste
A group of high-profile leaders from governments, businesses, and non-governmental organisations throughout the world have launched a campaign to reduce the amount of food waste that is produced globally.
Tesco CEO, Dave Lewis, is just one of the 30 influential figures involved in the campaign, named Champion 12.3, the aim of which is to promote the necessity of a global focus upon food waste and a concerted effort to reduce the current food waste levels. Current figures suggest that a third of all the food that is produced globally goes uneaten.
This astronomical food wastage is blamed on overproduction in the western world and poor preservation methods in developing countries.
The Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) claim that 15million tonnes of food are wasted each year in the UK alone; household waste accounts for 7million tonnes of this wastage. The ambitious aim of the Champion 12.3 campaign is to half global food waste by 2030.
The campaign must not only tackle the problem of overproduction within the west, but also look to finding a solution to post-harvest waste in African countries. Mamadou Biteye, head of the Rockefeller Foundation’s work in Africa, claims that between 15-42 per cent of smallholder fruit and vegetable crops are wasted yearly.
This is often due to poor storage systems in developing countries, but supermarkets in the west are also responsible for a chunk of this waste. Many supermarkets will simply cancel orders or reject produce; this has a detrimental effect upon the African farmers, who do not have the finances or connections available to off-load their rejected produce on another quick buyer.
Author of the 2009 book, “Waste: Uncovering the Global Food Scandal”, Tristram Stuart, said that retailers need “to look into their supply chains, see how their policies are causing their suppliers to waste food and take responsibility for it.”
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