International Day of Awareness of Food Loss and Waste

Packaging Association of Latvia as a member of the World Packaging Organization (WPO) we observe the International Day of Food Loss and Waste on the 29th of September, which is coordinated by Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).
The ‘International Day of Awareness of Food Loss and Waste’ is designed to make a clear call to action for both the public and private sectors to prioritize actions and move ahead with innovation to reduce food loss and waste.

Why is it important to reduce food loss and waste?

  • One third of all food produced in the world is wasted and when food is lost or wasted, all the resources that were used to produce this food -, including water, land, energy, labour and capital – go to waste.
  • Environmentally food that is lost or wasted is responsible for 8% of global greenhouse gas emissions.
  • If food waste was a country, it would be the third largest GHG emitter behind the USA and China.

Packaging can play an integral role in minimizing food waste at the start of the value chain so that waste can be prevented in the households. 
Avoiding food waste is a critical packaging issue and one that food producers, manufacturers, brand owners, retailers and consumers need to better understand.
Without adequate intuitive packaging design features and fit-for-purpose packaging, food can potentially be wasted all the way through the supply chain to the consumer. By modifying packaging designs and ensuring that Save Food Packaging Guidelines are followed food waste and loss can be minimized and/or prevented.

Please join with the WPO in observing this most-important global day and helping us to raise awareness of the role that packaging can play in minimizing food loss & waste.
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