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Food Waste Prevention Part of the Climate Solution

For years, Emerging and its clients have been talking about the importance of reducing food waste.  One important reason is because food waste prevention, reduction and management will help to increase food availability and also minimize the impact of agriculture on climate change. Making smart decisions on how and what we consume can reduce the amount of waste we produce and the greenhouse gas emissions associated with our consumption. The World Summit Climate and Territories, which took place July 1-2nd in Lyon, France, called attention to the importance of a territorial perspective on climate, as well as indicated the importance of reducing and restricting food loss and waste world-wide.

With growing population projections, one can’t help but think about how we must investment in, reduce waste and develop agriculture. More people require more food, and this summit helped highlight that spreading awareness of the industry needs to grow and change in order to improve existing action plans for a sustainable territorial food system. The future of agriculture requires us to promote sustainable and ecological farming and food systems through the use of non-renewable resources to reduce waste and improve farming futures.

Read the article provided by the FAO for an outline of the success of the summit, and the key touching points.

Robynne Anderson

Robynne has extensive experience in the agriculture and food sector, working throughout the value chain – from basic inputs to farmers in the field to the grocery store shelf. She works internationally in the sector, including speaking at the United Nations on agriculture and food issues, and representing the International Agri-Food Network at the UN.Throughout her career she has worked with farm organisations like the Prairie Oat Growers Association, the National Smallholder Farmers Association of Malawi and the Himalayan Farmers Association, as well as global groups, to further the voice of agriculture in the food debate. She has also worked with Fortune 500 companies growing worldwide businesses to assist them with issues management and strategy decisions.

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