MANIFESTO STOP FOOD WASTE
Access to food is a universal human right of mandatory legal compliance for all states that have ratified the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
The current food system’s model of production, supply, distribution and consumption has been unable to resolve the issues of food security and food sovereignty for communities worldwide. Almost 900 million people are poorly and inadequately fed while obesity affects one third of the industrialised nations’ population.
It remains a tragic reality that throughout the globe huge amounts of food fail to reach our plates. Meanwhile there are millions of people experiencing the need for food assistance. Half of the current food losses could feed all the hungry people in the world.
Food waste occurs at every stage of the supply chain. Estimations of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) show that one-third of food production is lost from farm to fork. In developing countries food waste is caused more by inefficiencies of agricultural production and post-harvesting storage while in industrialised economies waste is present in agro-industrial production, distribution and end-consumers.
Food losses weaken the economy, make firms less competitive and increase household expenditures, forcing public administrations to finance surplus management and food losses that could have been saved.
The environmental effects of food waste span from reduction of available fertile land, loss of biodiversity, over-use of water and energy, to emissions of greenhouse gases.
For these reasons food waste is increasingly appearing on the political agenda as the public administration and private sector begin to look for ways to take action.
Individuals, organisations, and public and private institutions signatories of this manifesto are aware that both the eradication of food waste and the assurance of food security require continuous efforts that go beyond specific action to demonstrate a commitment to collaborate on the following strategies:
Raise social awareness about food wastage while promoting education on proper food manipulation in all the steps of the food chain and households.
Support research and innovation oriented to develop skills for the full use of food.
Promote better transparency of information on food usage and food waste.
Promote legislative and regulatory changes necessary to encourage full use of food while ensuring food safety, and liability protection.
Promote economic and fiscal measures aimed at preventing food losses to responsibly manage food waste according to the “Waste Hierarchy”.
Facilitate donations of food and direct gleaning activities as a community safety net for social NGOs and disadvantaged groups.
- Collaborate in halving food wastage by 2025 as recommended by the European Parliament resolution of January 19th, 2012.
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