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Food waste is a significant problem in the modern world and has serious environmental, social, and economic consequences.

According to a report by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), one-third of all food produced for human consumption is lost or wasted every year. This amounts to over 1.3 billion tons of food, enough to feed the entire global population.

 

 

Where food is wasted

Food waste occurs at various stages of the food supply chain, from farm to table. A significant amount of food is lost during production, harvesting, and transportation due to poor infrastructure, lack of storage facilities, and inefficient supply chains. At the consumer level, households, restaurants, and supermarkets also contribute to food waste by throwing away excess food, much of which is still edible.

 

The environmental/economic impact

The environmental impact of food waste is significant. When food waste ends up in landfills, it rots and releases methane, a potent greenhouse gas contributing to global warming. Food waste also consumes vast energy and resources used in production, processing, and transportation. This includes the energy used to grow crops, the water used in irrigation, and the fuel used to transport food.

Food waste also has a significant economic impact. According to the FAO, the cost of food waste is estimated to be around $1 trillion annually. This includes the direct costs of producing, processing, and transporting food that is eventually wasted and indirect costs such as the environmental damage caused by food waste.

Fight the problem

A multi-faceted approach is needed to address the food waste problem, involving all actors in the food supply chain. Governments can play a role by setting targets and implementing policies that reduce food waste. At the same time, businesses can adopt more sustainable practices, such as reducing food overproduction and improving supply chain management. Consumers can also make a difference by reducing food waste in their homes, such as buying only what they need and storing food properly.

 

Delita against the waste

Since the beginning, Delita’s packaging has been studied to provide you with the right and balanced amount for every meal to minimize food waste.

Plus, our technology allows a very long shelf life for a ready meal (55 days from when the products come out from our kitchen) without using additives or preservatives. So, you can keep them in the fridge for weeks and consume only what you need every time.

Our supply chain is very lean: from our production in Italy to your table, there is just refrigerated storage in the middle1 From Italy to the UK in 5 days, from our storage to your table, only a maximum of 2 days. No intermediate passage, no risk for the product’s freshness!

Delita chose not to compromise on protecting consumer health and the environment. Choose to do the same with us!

 

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mydelita.com

 

Sources:

Home | Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (fao.org)

Fight Food Waste CRC | Fight Food Waste Cooperative Research Centre