Opinion Pieces Discuss Challenges Of Global Food Waste, Malnutrition

Thomson Reuters Foundation: We have a collective responsibility to halve food loss and waste
Liz Goodwin, senior fellow and director for food loss and waste at the World Resources Institute

“…Can the world really cut global food loss and waste in half by 2030? The answer is yes — but only if many more governments and companies set ambitious targets, measure this inefficiency, and take action to reduce food loss and waste. To my mind, there are three immediate challenges that require a collective approach. The first is the importance of consumer engagement. … The second is that this needs to be a movement which results in people thinking differently about food. … The third is going to be driving real action, not just interest and awareness. … There have already been some notable achievements and good progress has been made. Now is the moment to recognize that we have a collective responsibility to act and we each are part of the solution” (10/16).

Inter Press Service: The Road Out of Poverty Depends on Feeding Our Children Nutritious Food First
Mercy Lung’aho, nutrition scientist at the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT)

“…At the Pan African Bean Research Alliance in collaboration with HarvestPlus, we have collected evidence which shows that eating specially-bred, high-iron beans twice-a-day for just four-and-a-half months can reduce iron deficiency and actually reverse anemia in young women in Rwanda. … Our research further shows that, fast-tracking nutrition in mothers before they even become pregnant is essential if we want to tackle malnutrition and put a stop to the vicious cycle of poverty and economic stagnation that poor diets perpetuate. Adolescent nutrition before pregnancy has a bigger impact on stunting in children than we thought. We need to target undernourished women … with nutritious food — well before they are pregnant. … [U]nless we focus on getting our young people a more nutritious diet, we will continue to fail millions … before they have even had a chance to make a start in life” (10/16).

HuffPost: Preventing waste, a recipe for food security
Joan, Josep, and Jordi Roca, chefs and UNDP Goodwill Ambassadors

“…By reducing food waste, we can advance critical conservation efforts and help fight for food security worldwide. … If we could save just a quarter of the food that is currently lost or wasted around the world, we could feed all people suffering from food insecurity. … Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals related to food security and nutrition is a shared responsibility. Governments and international organizations should help minimize losses during storage and transport and reduce food waste from distributors and consumers; increase consumer choice through appropriate labeling; raise awareness on sustainable food production and consumption among producers, retailers, and consumers in all countries; and establish financial and market incentives, to promote change in consumers’ behavior…” (10/16).

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