Enormous amounts of food are wasted during manufacturing – here’s where it occurs

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Megan BlakeUniversity of Sheffield

 

The volume of edible food that is wasted is staggering. In 2017, the UN estimated that almost a third of all food that is produced is discarded. Edible food makes up approximately 1.3 gigatonnes of this (one gigatonne is a billion tonnes). For comparison, one tonne of wasted food is about the equivalent of 127 large plastic bin bags. This not only represents a phenomenal loss in terms of food that could feed people, but also a loss in resources such as water, labour power, soil nutrients, transportation energy and so forth.  Continue reading

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Call for papers on “The socio-technical culture of the food supply chain: trade-offs and ambiguity”

This session considers the complex interaction between humans, machines and the socio-cultural and socio-technical environmental aspects of our food systems. Enquiries and abstract submission (together with a title, up to five keywords and author(s) affiliation and contact details) should be sent to Louise Manning (lmanning@harper-adams.ac.uk) by 9th of February 2018. Continue reading “Call for papers on “The socio-technical culture of the food supply chain: trade-offs and ambiguity””

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