As we concerned, our food production involve many participants in food supply chain. The food supply chain begin with the collection of raw material, then processing the raw material, packaging the product, transporting the product to consumer then the product on the shelves of supermarket. Stuart (2012) in his talk share about how many oranges, bananas and potatoes wasted during the raw material collection because those fruits and vegetables did not fulfill the manufacturer and supermarket requirements and it leads to land pollution. This situation actually a good thing for the manufacturer image and consumer satisfaction but we forget about the amount of trees had been cut down for the farm and the amount of water consumed to grow the plant. This problem lead to worse environmental problem because Food Agriculture Organization (2013) state in their report, food wastage is responsible for increasing 3.3 billion tones greenhouse gases to the earth’s atmosphere and if food wastage is a country, food wastage is the third top emitter for carbon dioxide gas (CO2) after USA and China.
throws away half of all food produce” By Suzanne Goldenberg explains how Fresh produce is often wasted in fields,warehouses,supermarkets,restaurants,and refrigerators. The second article, “How Norway is selling out-of-date food to help tackle waste” By Daniel Boffey shows A supermarket in Norway which is dedicated to selling expired and old food. The third article, “Ending world hunger by stopping food waste in the fields” By Bjorn Lomborg tell the reader about how one quarter of all
The growing population of 10 billion people will significantly impact the amount of food waste each year due to food being poorly managed which causes basic needs from being fulfilled. The best viable solution to this concern includes how consumers handle wasted foods. In recent years, the growing population causes foods to be discharged in landfills because they are poorly managed. This occurs mostly in the less developed countries where people don 't have the technology to have proper infrastructure. About 15% of the world’s population don’t have electricity to keep the food cool.
In the US, 40% of food produced, or approximately 365 million pounds of food, is wasted each day. Food waste, however, is a problem that extends beyond America, affecting billions of people as a global issue. The overwhelming amounts of food that are being discarded contribute to global warming and climate change, and prevent the massive number of hungry people from being able to eat nourishing meals. Humanity as a whole must be more mindful of the Earth and its health, as we are the source which most directly affect it. Due to the profound environmental impacts of food waste, a reduction in the amount disposed is necessary to create a more sustainable environment, and humans have a responsibility to protect the planet, even if it requires drastic changes to the current food system.
Food waste can be defined as “Organic residue generated by the processing, handling, storage, sale, preparation, cooking, and serving of foods” (Best Practices & Emerging Solutions Toolkit, 2014). Food wastage has a huge impact that goes beyond Singapore. It effects reach out to the global scale. i. According to the 2014 report by the Food & Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, food wastage impacts the economy as well as the environment).
Food waste is a significant food-related issue in my community as well as many other communities and cities. Around the world, about one-third of the food that we produce is wasted and the food wasted can feed more than 1.6 billion people (Royte, 2016). Food waste is an economic issue. In developed countries, consumers make a great contribution to food waste. In the United States, about 40% of the food is wasted and a four-person family loses $4 per day on waste food and the amount is about $1500 per year (Save the Food).
The Problems of Food Waste “Food waste isn’t considered a problem because, for the most part, it isn’t even considered at all,” says Jonathan Bloom, author of American Wasteland: How America Throws Away Nearly Half of Its Food. A survey done by Natural Resources Defence Council (NRDC) shows that 76 percent of people believe they throw out less food than the average American. Yet 40 percent of the food in the United States is uneaten (Gunder). But it is not that people want more waste. They are just not aware of the massive quantities of waste that fill the landfills and pollutes the air.
Food is one of the reasons behind human’s survival on this earth. As our universe goes through various developments, our food is also getting effected by those highly effective changes, that it goes through many preservative to make it last as long as possible in our shelves. Which lead us to get used to the idea of preservatives, plus manufactures promote it in advertisements and make us consumers believe that processed food is harmless. However, processed food can cause lethal diseases, obesity, and psychological problems. Opponents of preserved food argued that processed food chemicals maybe one of the causes for dangerous lethal diseases.
The Food Supply Chain Plough to plate Food Supply chain The efficiency or inefficiency of this supply chain is visible in the above exhibit itself. It is evident that there is lot of manual handling in the whole process. Because of this there is lot of wastages and 30% of the food is wasted due to manual handling. There are lots of players involved in this supply chain. This supply chain would start from Seed Producers, fertilizer factories, Farmers and also involved Govt, warehouses, fair price Shop, transport companies etc.
(2011), one of the methods to change leftover foods was to enhance soil fertilizer. Therefore, the best recycling method of food waste was to convert it into animal feed are significant because of improve productivity of animals and also decreasing environmental