People’s Summit: Food Waste and Post Harvest Losses

By Keshia Pendigrast

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), reports that an estimated one-third of all food produced is wasted every year. In the United States alone, retailers and households throw away about 40 percent of all edible food.

The Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance will co-host a panel on food waste. (Image credit: People's Summit)

In addition, rising global food prices and increasing income inequality are endangering the poor’s ability to feed themselves. But according to Tristram Stuart, a food waste expert and Sophie Prize Winner, salvaging 25 percent of the food waste from the U.S., the U.K., and Europe could rid the world of malnutrition.

In recent years, information on food waste and prevention methods have become more readily available and are beginning to spur responsible consumerism. For example, in the U.K., the Love Food, Hate Waste initiative reaches out to consumers with a user-friendly website with waste-prevention shopping tips, recipes for leftovers, and facts on global food waste.

On the 19th of June from 9:15 AM to 10:45 AM the Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance (EAA) will co-host the Food Waste and Post Harvest Losses workshop with the Church Development Service (EED) on Future of Food Governance.

The EAA has worked closely with the Ecumenical Coalition to organize faith-based actors and social movements to participate in the ‘Ecumenical tents’ at the Peoples’ Summit 2012. Topics will range from food waste and post harvest losses to the nexus between agriculture, climate change and food security.

The Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance is a broad international network of churches and Christian organizations cooperating in advocacy on food and HIV and AIDS. The Alliance is based in Geneva, Switzerland. For more information, see

Keshia Pendigrast is a research intern with the Nourishing the Planet Project.

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