Ensuring food security for a growing global population is not only about producing more food, but also about reducing the enormous amount of food that is either lost or wasted. Globally, one-third of all food produced is either lost or wasted. Food losses are mainly unintentional and are caused by limitations in agricultural processes, infrastructure, storage and packaging that cause a reduction in quality to the extent that the food becomes unsuitable for human consumption (FAO 2013b). Food waste refers to good quality food that is discarded at the retail and consumer stage of the supply chain (Gustavsson et al. 2011a). Another significant form of food loss that is addressed in this report comes from the lost opportunities for food production due to the degradation of ecosystems.
From collection: Food wasted, Food lost