Food waste was a prominent topic at Climate Week — five days of events coinciding with the United Nations General Assembly in New York focused on “People: Striving for Peace and a Decent Life for All on a Sustainable Planet”.
We participated in events focused on Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 12.3 – to halve food waste by 2030.
Climate Week marked great progress on this goal:
- The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations called for zero tolerance on food loss and waste at the United Nations General Assembly meetings in New York;
- The Consumer Goods Forum announced a “Call to Action” on date labeling to reduce consumer confusion and therefore reduce consumer food waste; and
- Champions 12.3 released a roadmap to track private and public contributions to food loss and waste reduction to 2030.
Only two years into SDG 12.3, momentum is considerable, but there is much more to do with a focus on:
- Target setting,
- Measuring food loss and waste, and
- Acting to reduce.
One-third of the world’s food is lost or wasted, costing the global economy $940 billion every year and contributing 8 percent of the earth’s greenhouse gas emissions. Meanwhile, nearly 800 million people do not have enough to eat.
The need to set targets
One major achievement in target setting in the last year comes from the Global Agri-business Alliance adopting a resolution under which members – leading agricultural companies – will reduce their rate of food loss by 50 percent by 2030. Combined with the Consumer Goods Forum Food Waste Resolution, we now see companies from farm to fork committed to reducing food loss and waste.
In 2015, Campbell adopted Sustainable Development Goal 12.3 to cut food waste in half by 2030.
Measure to manage
A number of companies in the food sector are now measuring and publicly reporting their food loss and waste inventories. Campbell is implementing the Food Loss and Waste Standard to establish our own baseline and report progress toward our reduction goal.
The Consumer Goods Forum made a Global Call to Action to promote consumer education of labeling and to standardize date labeling worldwide by year end 2020.
Here at Campbell, we believe simplifying and harmonizing food date labeling around the world will reduce consumer confusion. We support a labeling framework that clearly communicates food quality and food safety, combined with comprehensive consumer education. We’re also aligned with the Consumer Goods Forum’s commitment to food date labeling and also support legislation to establish federal standards for quality, “best if used by” and safety, “use by” dating.