Think.Eat.Save: Reduce Your Foodprint was launched in January 2013, by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), Messe Düsseldorf GmbH and a number of diverse stakeholders, including the UK-based Waste & Resources
Action Programme (WRAP).
The purpose of Think.Eat.Save is to raise awareness about the need to reduce food waste, as around one-third of food produced for human consumption is lost or wastedglobally (FAO, 2011) and this has significant negative financial, environmental and social impact.
  • In financial terms, food waste is estimated to cost the Chinese economy, for example, $32 billion (source WRI 2013) and in the United States, it is estimated that US$48.3 billion is thrown away each year (source Think.Eat.Save).
  • The production of food uses many resources, including land, water, and energy, and therefore has significant environmental impact. Indeed, if global food loss and waste was a country, then it would be the third-largest CO2 emitter, after the US and China (FAO, 2013).
  • Food and nutrition security is affected by food waste. The FAO (2013) identify a need to increase food availability by 60%, by 2050, yet food produced, but not eaten, uses almost 30% of the total available agricultural land.
This Guidance is a key product of the Think.Eat.Save campaign and the FAO/UNEP Sustainable Food Systems Programme, as well as the SAVE FOOD Initiative. It provides clear and comprehensive steps for governments, businesses and other organisations to develop strategies, programmes and activities to prevent and reduce food and drink waste, and to achieve the associated financial savings and reductions in environmental impacts.
This is Version 1.0 and the Guidance will be updated in the future, as best practices in food waste prevention continue to be implemented throughout the world.
The objective of this Guidance is to catalyse action around the world by sharing proven methodologies for food waste prevention. We hope you will use this resource, take advantage of our support and share your experiences implementing strategies.

Prevention and reduction of food and drink waste in businesses and households - Guidance for governments, local authorities, businesses and other organisations

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