Jonathan Bloom and Nick Saltmarsh
Study conducted for the
Swedish Institute for Food
and Biotechnology (SIK)
Robert van Otterdijk
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3. Extent of food losses and waste
2.1 Definition of food losses and food waste
2.2 Types of food losses and food waste
2.3 Quantification of food losses and waste
3.1 Food volumes produced
3.2 Extent of food losses and waste
4. Causes and prevention of food losses and waste
This publication is based on studies carried out from August 2010 to January 2011 by The Swedish Institute for Food and Biotechnology (SIK) on request from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).
The two studies on global food losses (one for high/medium-income countries and one for low income countries) have been carried out to serve as a basis for the international congress Save Food!, 16-17 May 2011, at the international packaging industry fair Interpack2011 in Düsseldorf, Germany. Save Food! has been co-organized by Interpack2011 and FAO. Save Food! aims at awareness raising on global food losses and waste, and on the impact of these on poverty and hunger in the world, as well as on climate change and on the use of natural resources.
The authors would like to thank Lisa Kitinoja, Adel Kader, Felicitas Schneider, Vaclav Smil and Jesper Stage among other researchers who have contributed helpful inputs throughout the project. Special thanks go to Jonathan Bloom and Nick Saltmarsh for their photos, to Simone Morini for the cover design and the layout and to Larissa D'Aquilio for the graphic project coordination.
The study highlights the losses occurring along the entire food chain, and makes assessments of their magnitude. Further, it identifies causes of food losses and possible ways...