OzHarvest and the United Nations team together to fight food waste
For the second year running, Australia’s leading food rescue organisation, OzHarvest will partner with the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) to fight food waste–at the upcoming Think.Eat.Save events to be held across the country on Monday, 21 July.
Some of the nation’s top chefs, politicians and celebrities will unite at events held across Sydney, Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne and Newcastle to take a stance against food waste, and serve thousands of members of the public a free, delicious and hearty hot meal made from surplus produce that would have otherwise ended up as landfill.
Food waste is currently costing Australians up to $10 billion each year, while two million people still rely on food relief.
Founder and CEO of OzHarvest, Ronni Kahn said the aim of Think.Eat.Save 2014 is to bring attention to the disturbing amount of food wasted in Australia and around the world, where roughly one third of food produced for human consumption (approx. 1.3 billion tonnes) gets wasted along the way.
“Our modern day challenge is to create a sustainable food culture that can be shared by all, where we waste less at all levels of food production and distribution,” Kahn said.
“It’s a paradox that we produce enough food to feed all seven billion of us – growing to nine billion, yet so much goes to waste, while so many continue to go hungry.”
Naysan Sahba, Director of Communications of UNEP said, “In the next few years, food consumption is expected to increase by around 30 per cent due to population growth, while the effects of climate change are expected to reduce agricultural yields by up to 5 per cent in some areas. We do know, however, that cutting the rate of food loss and waste in half by 2050 would close 20 per cent of this food gap.
“To bring about the vision of a truly sustainable world, we need to transform the way we produce and consume our food, which effectively means the way we consume our natural resources. This is what we at UNEP and our partners like OzHarvest are striving to influence with the Think.Eat.Save campaign and we thank OzHarvest for continuing to champion the campaign in Australia and beyond.”
A number of leaders and experts in the field of food waste, sustainability and food security will debate the issues in a panel discussion at the Sydney and Adelaide events.
DATE & TIME: Monday, 21 July from 11.30am – 2.30pm, various locations
RSVP via Eventbrite: www.ozharvest.eventbrite.com.au
Sydney event: Martin Place, Sydney
Adelaide event: The University of Adelaide, Adelaide
Brisbane event: St Stephen’s Cathedral, Brisbane
Melbourne event: Federation Square, Melbourne
Newcastle event: Hunter St Mall, Newcastle
For more information on OzHarvest please visit www.ozharvest.eventbrite.com.au
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 Global Food Losses and Food Waste – FAO, 2011