Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. 2013 The United Nations General Assembly declares the “International Year of Quinoa” with FAO serving as the Secretariat of the IYQ, assisting the International Committee to coordinate the celebrations.
Quinoa’s legacy is celebrated at headquarters with Peru and Bolivia during World Food Week. Also, this year a new partnership agreement is signed with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC),the world's largest humanitarian network, to help improve food security and strengthen the resilience of vulnerable communities. 83% of consumers demand increased transparency – fmcg news. British consumers have had their trust in the food industry severely dented by food scandals such as the horsemeat crisis, according to independent research commissioned by Trace One.
According to the survey, 63% of shoppers said their trust in the food industry had been damaged by revelations such as the horsemeat crisis; along with incidents in West Yorkshire and Leicester where food contents were found to be vastly different from their labels. However, shoppers were also clear on what retailers needed to do to win their trust back: 83% stated that they want increased transparency and information for food products, in order to be more confident in the origin of food products and their ingredients. “Consumers are growing increasingly savvy, and their message to the food industry is clear: if you don’t give us the information we need, how can we trust you?”
Said Nick Martin, Senior Vice President, Northern Europe at Trace One. Tech innovations that could reduce food waste. Cutting-edge technology – from intelligent food labelling to mobile phone-controlled apps and even smart fridges – is set to transform the way consumers shop and control their domestic food waste.
On sale for the first time in the UK this autumn is a highly anticipated smart fridge from Samsung. Costing £4,499, the Family Hubrefrigerator is connected to the internet via Wi-Fi. The device has three built-in cameras so owners can check its contents while out shopping. Report: one-third of world’s food wasted annually, at great economic, environmental cost. 11 September 2013 – The waste of some 1.3 billion tons of food each year is causing economic losses of $750 billion and significant damage to the environment, according to a United Nations report launched today.
The report, Food Wastage Footprint: Impacts on Natural Resources, is the first study to analyze the impacts of global food wastage from an environmental perspective, looking specifically at its consequences for the climate, water and land use, and biodiversity. One of the key findings of the report is that food that is produced but not eaten each year guzzles up a volume of water equivalent to the annual flow of Russia’s Volga River and is responsible for adding 3.3 billion tonnes of greenhouse gases to the planet’s atmosphere. Similarly, 1.4 billion hectares of land – 28 per cent of the world’s agricultural area – is used annually to produce food that is lost or wasted.
Beyond the environmental impacts, food wastage costs some $750 billion annually to food producers. How we use your food. Once your food is received into one of our 20 UK-wide warehouses, it will be stored, sorted and distributed to charities in the local area.
Operating Model We have a flexible operating model and can deal with your surplus as it arises, whether that is regular or in one-off spikes. We are able to deal with large volumes of short-dated food, whether chilled, frozen or ambient, because our army of volunteers help us break bulk volumes down into smaller, manageable amounts. French law forbids food waste by supermarkets. France has become the first country in the world to ban supermarkets from throwing away or destroying unsold food, forcing them instead to donate it to charities and food banks.
Under a law passed unanimously by the French senate, as of Wednesday large shops will no longer bin good quality food approaching its best-before date. Charities will be able to give out millions more free meals each year to people struggling to afford to eat. 'Trade facilitates sustainability': The trouble with the local food movement. Long before Greg Page became the executive chairman of Cargill, one of the world’s largest food companies, the company dispatched him to Thailand to build a chicken plant in a rural province north of Bangkok.
“It was a chance”, he said, “to start a business from scratch in an overseas location, while having access to the resources of Cargill”. Plus, he noted with a smile, he was “12 hours from headquarters ... I loved it”. Today, Cargill Meats Thailand imports soymeal from Brazil and Argentina to feed chickens, which are raised, slaughtered, processed, cooked and frozen into a wide range of products, most destined for restaurants and supermarkets in Japan, Europe, Canada and Hong Kong. Written evidence - Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. Written evidence - Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. Written evidence submitted by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (FOW0023) Introduction The Government Chief Scientific Adviser and the Defra Chief Scientist brought together a group of experts from across academia, industry, government and non-government organisations to explore the issue of food waste.
Written evidence - THE PACKAGING FEDERATION. Written evidence submitted by the Packaging Federation (FOW0010) Submitter The following submission is made by Dick Searle (Chief Executive) on behalf of The Packaging Federation, a not-for-profit organisation representing the UK Packaging Manufacturing Industry.
Written evidence - Foresight Group. Vision 2020: The Future of Food Waste Recycling. Industry comes together to discuss roadmap to eradicating food waste from landfill Key industry figures have joined together to address the challenges and opportunities that the UK has in developing a nationwide infrastructure and society-wide adoption of food waste recycling in order to eradicate such waste ending up in landfill.
Members of what has been termed the ‘Visionary Panel’ included representatives from CIWM, Eunomia, , LARAC, Unilever, and WRAP. The panel set out to identify key areas where action is needed for the to be in a position to recycle all the food waste generated across the food chain. The panel was formed following the launch of ‘Vision 2020: the future of food waste recycling’, a forward-thinking document developed by the PDM Group, the ’s leading food waste recycler. Education was one issue that was raised among the panel as a key area of focus moving forward.