Waste and Sustainability In-Depth Focus
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In this In-Depth Focus: the enormous quantity of food that is wasted around the globe and how the United Nations is proposing a worldwide commitment to zero tolerance for food loss and waste.
- Can food waste end world hunger?
Shahin Rahimifard, Professor of Sustainable Engineering at Loughborough University
- The Hunger Games
José Graziano da Silva, Director-General of the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO)
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Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Loughborough University
We need to send out consistent messages to consumers that food imperfection does not reflect on food safety, nutrition or flavor quality. Similarly food labels need to be standardized to eliminate misconceptions that “best before” is equivalent to “consume by” dates. Quality does not directly relate to safety, but rather to flavour and nutrition. The quality of most foods is acceptable well beyond the “best before” date. The BB date indicates when the quality of the food begins to diminish and is not absolute.