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29th September: International Day of Awareness of food loss and waste

Throwing away food is like stealing from the table of the poor and hungry


Food waste is one of the world's biggest environmental problems today, with at least a third of the global food supply wasted or lost worldwide every year.


The majority of thrown away food ends up in landfills, and when it breaks down, it produces methane, a greenhouse gas that has 80 times more warming power than carbon dioxide.


Food loss is food waste that comes from food such as vegetables, fruit or food that is still raw but can no longer be processed into food and ends up being thrown away.


Food loss makes it difficult for people to get food for cooking. The following are the causes of Food Loss:

·         Pre-harvest processes do not produce the quality desired by the market.

·         Lack of consumer demand in the market.

·         Too long in the warehouse and over time it becomes stale, moldy and smells bad.

·         It is not stored properly so its lifespan is short.


Food Waste is food that is ready for human consumption but is simply thrown away and ends up piling up in landfills.


Food waste that accumulates in landfills produces methane and carbon dioxide gas and both are unhealthy for the earth.


Causes of food waste:

·         Not finishing food.

·         Eating not according to your portion size.

·         Buying or cooking food that you don't like.

·         Lifestyle (prestige) of eating food in front of a crowd.


To reduce the amount of food loss and food waste, one of the easiest ways to do this is to be mindful in consuming food and finishing the food you eat.


Solutions to overcome Food Loss & Food Waste:


l Make the best use of leftovers by making new food to eat the next day rather than throwing it away

l Storing food properly so it doesn't spoil easily

l Consume milk and make fruit, vegetables and nuts a staple food

l Check the refrigerator or storage cupboard before going shopping and list what you need to buy

l Finally, instead of throwing away all food that is no longer fit for consumption, some of it can be reused as animal feed. We can also help the soil by composting food waste rather than throwing it away





History of International Day of Awareness of Food Loss and Waste


The background to the International Day of Awareness on Food Loss and Waste Reduction is the occurrence of food loss and waste throughout the world. In addition, there has been an increase in the intensity of people experiencing the effects of hunger since 2014 throughout the world.


International Day of Awareness on Food Loss and Waste is celebrated every 29th September throughout the world. first carried out on 29th September 2020.


The commemoration of International Awareness Day on Food Loss and Waste Reduction is an effort to increase awareness of parties in the public and private sectors so that they prioritize more developed actions and attitudes in reducing the level of food waste.


Then, awareness in various sectors is also needed to realize recovery and create a better and stronger food security rebuild. Apart from that, this attitude will also encourage a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, pressure on land and water resources.


One of the long-term goals of the International Day of Awareness on Food Loss and Waste Reduction is to achieve the SDG target 12.3. This target is one of 17 development goals initiated by the United Nations (UN) in 2015.

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