FAO: Turn it into garden food - Toolkit : Reducing the Food Wastage Footprint (FWF) By creating a full environmental accounting of food wastage, and thus quantify the impact of the food grown
This Toolkit was produced as part of the Food Wastage Footprint project of the Natural -
…One-third of all food produced in the world is lost or wasted from farm to fork, according to estimates calculated by FAO (2011). This wastage not only has an enormous negative impact on the global economy and food availability, it also has major environmental impacts. The Food Wastage Footprint Model (FWF) estimates that food wastage is responsible for: emitting annually a carbon footprint that would rank number three in the world for greenhouse gas emissions, behind the USA and China; for using as much water as the entire water discharge of the Volga River during one year; and for occupying around 1.4 billion hectares of land – the equivalent of 1.7 times the area of Amazon rainforest. While it is difficult to estimate impacts on biodiversity at a global level, food wastage unduly compounds the negative externalities that monocropping and agriculture expansion into wild areas create on biodiversity loss, including mammals, birds, fish and amphibians. The loss of land, water and biodiversity, as well
as the negative impacts of climate change, represent huge costs to society that are yet to be quantified. The direct economic cost of food wastage of agricultural products (excluding fish and seafood), based on producer prices only, is about 750 billion USD, equivalent to the GDP of Switzerland…
The aim of the Toolkit is to showcase concrete examples of good practices for food loss and waste reduction, while pointing to information sources, guidelines and pledges favoring food wastage reduction. The inspirational examples featured throughout this Toolkit demonstrate that everyone, from individual households and producers, through governments, to large food industries, can make choices that will ultimately lead to sustainable consumption and production patterns, and thus, a better world for all.