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UNRIC Library Backgrounder: Food Waste

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Food loss
is the decrease in the quantity or quality of food resulting from decisions and actions by food suppliers in the chain, excluding retailers, food service providers and consumers (SOFA, 2019).
Empirically, it refers to any food that is discarded, incinerated or otherwise disposed of along the food supply chain from harvest/slaughter/catch up to, but excluding, the retail level, and does not re-enter in any other productive utilization, such as feed or seed.

https://www.fao.org/platform-food-loss-waste/food-waste/introduction/en/

Food waste
refers to the decrease in the quantity or quality of food resulting from decisions and actions by retailers, food service providers and consumers (SOFA, 2019).
Less food loss and waste would lead to more efficient land use and better water resource management with positive impacts on climate change and livelihoods.

https://www.fao.org/platform-food-loss-waste/food-waste/introduction/en/

 

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January 2022
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