Our planet has provided us with an abundance
of natural resources. But we have not utilized them responsibly and
currently consume far beyond what our planet can provide. We must
learn how to use and produce in sustainable ways that will reverse
the harm that we have inflicted on the planet.
Food is lost for various reasons and at
different levels, including production, processing, storage and
distribution. One of the reasons is a lack of data on production,
prices and market requirements; logistics issues that arise owing to
freight costs, local transportation, storage at departure or
destination; last minute order cancellation; improper planning
production and distribution without knowing the market demands or
quality requirements; stringent buyers’ requirements; production
without knowing the actual demand or pricing; rate fluctuations that
impact the produced goods supply or simply a “natural
overproduction” due to favourable growing and climatic conditions.
Much of the food lost or wasted is of perishable nature,
particularly, fruit and vegetables, meat, dairy and eggs.