Re: Food losses and waste in the context of sustainable food systems - E-consultation to set the track of the study

Alois Leidwein Austrian Agency for Health and Food Safety Research Coordination, ...
05.04.2013

Dear colleagues

Comment on track of  the "HLPE report on Food losses and waste in the context of sustainable food systems"

I think  the concept is reasonable,

To enhance implementation the reports should describe technical and policy tools for reducing food losses very striking, particularly

  • plant protection on the fields
  • harvest techniques and transport (maintenance of equipment)
  • storage facilities and  storage protection (on farms, commercial storage and in households),

2 more issues for developed countries we know from statistics that

  1. 70 % of fruit growing in private gardens ist not harvested. (windfall), because it is not needed, there is not enough time, people do not know how to conserve or store
  2. we need up to 10% of the agricultural area forthe production of pet food (mainly for feeding dogs and cats).around half of the meat used for pet food is not edible offal, but half of the meat fed to pets is suitable for human consumption

Dr.Dr. Alois Leidwein
Head of Department

AGES - Austrian Agency for Health and Food Safety
Research Coordination, Knowledge Transfer, AGES Academy