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New tool aims to combat global food waste

Date: Tue, 27 May 2014 | Author: Paul Sanderson

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The Think.Eat.Save Guidance Version 1.0 is a new tool that has been launched to provide guidance to governments, local authorities, businesses and others to design effective food waste prevention programmes.

It has been developed by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and WRAP as part of the SAVE FOOD initiative  and FAO-UNEP Sustainable Food Systems Programme.

Research shows that one third or 1.3 billion tonnes of food produced each year is lost or wasted and that even a quarter of this could feed the world’s hungry people.

The tool begins with the mapping and measuring of food waste and the development of national or regional policies and measures. In-depth modules then focus on programmes for food waste prevention in households and in the food supply chain.

WRAP chief executive Liz Goodwin said: “We’re delighted to see this Guidance Version 1.0 being published, and to have had the opportunity to work in collaboration with UNEP and FAO to develop it. Our work has helped consumers and businesses take significant strides to prevent and reduce their food waste in the UK. We hope that by assembling guidance and best practice from around the world, it will encourage more action to tackle this crucial global issue.”

For more information visit www.thinkeatsave.org

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