More than one third of the global food production is lost or wasted.
This is a serious problem with humanitarian, economic, and environmental implications. Inadequate handling, storage, and distribution result in food losses while limited shelf life and spoilage of perishable products contribute to food waste. One solution to the problem is the design of new products from waste and byproducts of food processing. The market success of these new products depends on their appeal to consumers and their price.
Video Spotlight: Upcycled Food
This post is based on The Conversation article, ‘Upcycling’ Promises to Turn Food Waste into Your Next Meal, by R. Holcomb and D. Bellmer, June 22, 2021, and the YouTube video, Upcycled Food Becomes This Year’s Latest Food Trend, by CBS This Morning, April 17, 2021. Image source: RonBailey/E+/Getty Images.
1. What are the consequences of food loss/waste? Could lower food production levels solve the problem?
Guidance: There are humanitarian, financial, and environmental consequences of food loss/waste. From a humanitarian standpoint, the coexistence of hunger and food loss/waste exposes the intolerable weaknesses of the food supply chains. The economic consequences of food losses are estimated to Continue reading