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Waste Not, Want Not: Reducing Food Loss and Waste in North America Through Life Cycle-Based Approaches

Published in 2019 by
  • United Nations Environment Programme (United Nations / intergovernmental organizations)

Type of document: Scientific, technical, research

The report examines how life cycle thinking and methodologies can help decision makers prioritize policies and interventions through better estimates of the environmental impact of food loss and misuse; comparisons of food waste disposal options; and evaluations of alternative intervention or abatement strategies. Case studies presented in the report highlight examples already being used successfully to reduce food loss and waste in North America.

Further information

Food loss and waste is a major challenge globally, and in North America, an estimated 30 to 40 per cent of the food available for human consumption is lost or wasted. Achieving both global and national food loss and waste reduction goals will require a broad-based effort across the supply chain, from farm to fork and beyond. Fortunately, there is growing national, regional and international impetus to address food loss and waste, and food waste-related policies and programmes across North America are gaining momentum.