Manufacturing News

Food waste not only a problem in the US

Spoiled lemonsThe study, Food Waste: Causes, impacts and proposals study, recently released by the European think tank, Barilla Center for Food and Nutrition (BCFN), paints a bleak picture of global food waste and presents recommendations to lessen the problem. In Europe, BCFN estimates food waste per individual is nearly 400 lbs. per year, resulting in a large environmental and economic impact.

The BCFN study launched a policy debate in Brussels, where more than 200 attendees from public institutions, trade associations, businesses, universities and the general public came together to understand more about the problem. Two panel discussions honed in on European-specific issues.

The first panel, “Tackling food waste: A view from the supply chain,” involved producers, retailers and NGOs to formulate recommendations for practical solutions to tackle food waste. In the second panel, “The policy challenge: The EU perspective,” representatives from European institutions discussed what actions the EU must take to achieve the commission’s target of cutting the disposal of edible food waste in half by 2020.

“Food losses and waste cast a worrisome shadow over the model of growth that has governed the global economy for the past 50 years—a model that is totally unsustainable,” says Guido Barilla, BCFN chairman.

Tristram Stuart, writer and activist, notes that solving this problem requires global action from governments, citizens and businesses. “Tackling food losses and food waste presents a massive opportunity to increase food security and feed the world while also reducing the environmental impact of our food system.”

Did you enjoy this article? Click here to subscribe to Food Engineering Magazine.

You must login or register in order to post a comment.



Image Galleries

Food Engineering's Food Automation & Manufacturing Conference and Expo 2015

Images from Food Engineering's Food Automation & Manufacturing Conference and Expo in Clearwater Beach, Florida, April 12-15, 2015. The event brought food and beverage processors and suppliers together to gain valuable information on the latest trends and technologies in manufacturing, automation, sustainability and food safety.


Burns & McDonnell project manager RJ Hope and senior project engineer Justin Hamilton discuss the distinctions between Food Safety and Food Defense as well as the implications for food manufacturers of the Food Safety Modernization Act.
More Podcasts

Food Engineering

Food Engineering May 2015 Cover

2015 May

The May 2015 issue of Food Engineering explores effective tools for hitting manufacturing targets. Also, read how processors are looking for faster ways to detect harmful pathogens in food and beverages without sacrificing accuracy or reliability.

Table Of Contents Subscribe

Plant Facility/Site Issues

What issue about your current plant facility/site keeps you up the most at night?
View Results Poll Archive


Food Authentication Using Bioorganic Molecules

This text provides critical tools and data needed to augment routine food analysis and enhance food safety by aiding in the detection of counterfeit, and potentially deleterious, foods.

More Products

Clear Seas Research

Clear Seas ResearchWith access to over one million professionals and more than 60 industry-specific publications,Clear Seas Research offers relevant insights from those who know your industry best. Let us customize a market research solution that exceeds your marketing goals.


FE recent tweets

facebook_40.pngtwitter_40px.pngyoutube_40px.png linkedin_40px.pngGoogle +

Food Master

Food Engineering Food Master 2015Food Master 2015 is now available!

Where the buying process begins in the food and beverage manufacturing market. 

Visit to learn more.