On 29 September 2020, we celebrated the first International Day of Awareness of Food Loss and Waste (JISPGN)! This is a United Nations initiative; on the International Day each year from now on, the spotlight will be turned on the worldwide issue of food loss and waste.
This is an important issue because at the same time as one third of all the food produced in the world is thrown away, nearly a billion people worldwide are suffering from hunger – we can’t just stand by and do nothing. Quite apart from the moral obligation to deal with the issue, we should not lose sight of its ecological dimension. By reducing and preventing food loss and waste, we can cut down CO2 emissions and reduce our consumption of resources in terms of land and water.
In the Grand Duchy, our aim is to halve food waste by 2030, both in shops and restaurants and by consumers. And the same goes for production; in this sector, we talk of food loss rather than food waste.