Worldwide 1.4 billion tons of food waste are produced per year. This means that approximately one third of the food produced ends up as food waste or food loss. Food loss emerges at the earlier stages of the supply chain, on the field, due to transportation, etc., while food waste occurs on the end, in the retail sector or at the consumer's. The generation of food waste is significantly higher in industrialized countries than in emerging and developing countries. There is the urgent need to reduce and prevent food waste or add value to it across the whole supply chain.
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDG's) adopted by the United Nations in September can be a supporting political measure for this intention. The SDG 12 “Responsible Production and Consumption“ aims to halve the amount of food waste per capita worldwide by 2030.
Just as the aim of the EU, the objective of AVARE (Adding Value in Resource Effective Food Systems) is to minimize food waste. Besides reducing and preventing food waste, the project conducts research aiming at generating bio-based products with food waste. The European project combines research institutes from Finland, Norway, Sweden and Germany. Do you want to learn more about AVARE? Klick the link below.