WED Voices

NIKI CHARALAMPOPOULOU Campaigns and Policy Manager Feeding the 5000
Imagine coming across the following offer at your local retailer: ‘For every carrot you buy, another one will be wasted’. Sadly, this is not as far from the truth as you might expect In the Western world, we waste nearly as much as we eat: between a third and a half of all the food produced in Europe and North America ends up being wasted. In the UK alone, the amount of food thrown away in one day would be enough to give all its 60 million people lunch - and we’d still have some left over for dinner.
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WERNER M DORNSCHEIDT President and CEO Messe Düsseldorf Group - Involving everybody
There’s one figure that no one on the planet - at least no one who takes human rights and human dignity seriously - should be complacent about. One in eight people on earth, 870 million human beings, go to bed hungry each night, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). Since 1990 this number has been reduced by 130 million, from a starting one billion. However, that is no reason to lean back contentedly, especially since the world’s population is predicted to increase by two billion to nine billion by 2050, posing an incredible challenge to the international community. We’ll need to produce enough food for an additional two billion people, but many of the resources required to produce it - fuel, energy, water, fertiliser and land - are finite or limited.
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PHILIP CLARKE Chief Executive, Tesco - Scaling up to cut waste
Around one third of the world’s food is never eaten – that’s 1.3 billion tonnes of food thrown away or left to rot every year. Food waste costs our customers money - £680 ($1,045) a year for the average UK family - at a time when the pressure on household budgets is greater than ever. It is also widespread; 30 per cent of Polish consumers admit to throwing food away, while 28 per cent of household waste in South Korea is food.
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BERNARD LEHMANN Director Federal Office for Agriculture Switzerland - Securing supplies
Food demand may well double by 2050 as world population continues to grow and changing food habits cause it to rise sharply. By contrast, agriculture is struggling with the consequences of climate change in many regions. And, to make things worse, global resources become increasingly scarce. Every year, for example, much fertile soil is irrevocably lost. Furthermore the stocks of fossil plant nutrients cannot be expanded infinitely. Food security must thus be ensured without increasing the amount of resources used. If we cannot achieve this, the world food system is likely to enter into a deeper and deeper vicious circle that can only be broken with enormous effort.
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ANDREA SEGRÈ Director of the Department of Agricultural and Food Science - University of Bologna and President of Last Minute Market - It’s a Resource
Food losses and food waste occur at every stage in the food chain from farm to consumer. Crops are sometimes left unharvested because their appearance does not meet strict quality standards. Food can be mishandled or stored improperly during transport. Large portions, large menus, and poor training for food handlers contribute to food waste in restaurants, while in households it mainly consists of fresh products.
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Liz Goodwin - Director, WRAP - Making progress
As food waste has risen sharply up the agenda of governments and businesses across the world, WRAP – a company which advises governments and businesses on resource efficiency and a partner in UNEP and FAO’s ‘Think.Eat.Save. Reduce Your Foodprint’ campaign - has conducted pioneering research to identify its most significant sources, its types and its causes, so as to evolve a strategy to tackle it.
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VANDANA SHIVA Founder, Navdanya, India. -
New Paradigm

Zero waste is a key commitment of the UN wide Zero Hunger Challenge announced by Secretary General Ban Ki-moon at Rio +20. Half the industrialized world’s food is wasted by retailers or consumers, while there are growing losses after harvest in the South.
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José Graziano da Silva, Director-General Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations -
Food Losses Mean Hunger

Let’s look at the facts. Worldwide, about one third of all food products – equivalent to 1.3 billion tonnes – are lost or wasted in food production and consumption systems every year. In developed countries, about half of the food that is lost or wasted can be described as “food waste.”
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Luiz Carlos Iasbeck PhD - The tomato syndrome and the ecology of food
The unexpected phenomenon of the high price of tomatoes in Brazil, at the beginning of the extremely wet tropical winter, brings back a lot of old questions about the management of agriculture in the countries that are nowadays considered emerging and were, until very recently, known as the Third World.tion to arise. As well, global oil production is fast approaching a peak.
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Tuesday Phillips - Digging Into The Global Food Crisis
With the looming threat of factory farming practices, GMOs and mercury emissions contaminating our food, most of us are concerned with what we are eating, and rightfully so. But in the wake of 2013, I am joining the UNEP’s Think.Eat.Save - Reduce your Foodprint campaign and declaring this the year that we also start thinking about what we are not eating.
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Scott Bartlett - An Ecosystem of Solutions
I’ll be frank: my years researching and blogging about environmental issues have left me with serious concerns for humanity’s future. Our problems are numerous and grave. For example, at our current rate of greenhouse gas emissions, we are set to destroy the stable climate that allowed civilization to arise. As well, global oil production is fast approaching a peak
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