Manufacturing News

Food waste not only a problem in the US

July 24, 2012
/ Print / Reprints /
/ Text Size+

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

Plant of the Year 2014

Blue Diamond Growers was chosen as Food Engineering's 2014 Plant of the Year. The Sacramento-based company is the world’s largest producer of almonds and almond ingredients.


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 January 2015 Cover

2015 January

In this January 2015 issue of Food Engineering, we explore how robotics can play a role in pick-and-place, packaging, case packing and palletizing processes, and know where to implement robotic automation.

Table Of Contents Subscribe

FSMA Audit

What is the is most important step you have taken to become ready for a FSMA audit?
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.