Europe’s food industry has set its sights on reducing food loss and food waste with the hopes of improving sustainability across the supply chain.
The “Every Crumb Counts” declaration, launched Tuesday in Brussels, outlines a 12-point pledge directed at educating consumers, improving public policy and informing best practices.
The initiative cites the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization’s estimate that about a third of food for human consumption is lost or wasted along the supply chain. Such “wastage” – lost or wasted food meant specifically for human consumption – is tied to increased problems with world hunger and unnecessary greenhouse gases.
The goals of the declaration seek to complement the European Commission’s aim to cut edible food waste in half by 2020 as outlined in the flagship initiative “A resource-efficient Europe.”