Food waste set to rise one third by 2030

Written by: Jo Gallacher | Published:
Each year, 1.6bn tonnes of food goes to waste

Food waste will rise a third by 2030 to 2.1bn tonnes per year, according to new analysis from the Boston Consulting Group.

In a new report, the BCG said although food loss occurs at all steps in the value chain, it is most pronounced in developing countries at the production and transportation stage and in developed countries at the consumption stage.

Volume of food loss and waste will rise annual from 2015 to 2030, the BCG argued.

It described food loss as a critical global issue given food waste accounts for 8% of global greenhouse gas emissions.

Each year, 1.6bn tonnes of food goes to waste equating to one third of the food produced globally.

Some 870 million people around the world are undernourished, according to the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization.

The report highlighted five key drivers of the problem: lack of awareness of the issue, inadequate supply chain infrastructure, supply chain efficiency efforts which don’t focus on food waste, weak collaboration across the value chain and insufficient regulations.

BCG has now called for a “real commitment and coordinated action from consumers, government, NGOs, farmers and companies” to reduce the devastating impact of food waste.

One of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals is to halve food loss and food waste by 2030.

Plenty of UK supermarkets have committed to sustainability drivers to reduce food waste.

Co-op has launched a food redistribution scheme, Lidl is currently piloting wonky veg boxes and Tesco has got rid of best before dates on some of its products.

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