Reducing food waste: What can Retailers Do?
Collectively, we waste a lot of food. Some suggest as much as 40% gets tossed out as a result of the war in the Ukraine, COVID-19 and climate change. All good excuses, but as a human population, we have been wasting food for a long time before those issues became mainstream.
The hard and fast is, we waste food, which impacts feeding the world population; however, there is another factor that does not get much mention. The economic impact of high food costs that creates even greater food insecurity.
We could solve the food waste, but if people still cannot afford to buy the food, what have we gained? Every day, even in Canada, I deal with this issue and it is a sad commentary that in our country with so many riches, that 4.4 million people face food insecurity every day. And with all that is ongoing, impacting the standard of living, what is the plan for that?
It is “easy” to have a discussion about food waste. Food at the supermarket, to food on our plate. We see it every day, but we do not see the millions of people who go hungry – they could be as close as your next-door neighbour and we probably would not know it.
Out of sight, out of mind, like so many issues at Sustainable Circular Economy we do our best to bring forward as integral discussions regarding circularity and the circular economy.
Reducing food loss is not only a environmental priority; it is a societal priority. But if we do not figure out how to get food to those who cannot afford it, what have we accomplished? What is the plan for that?
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