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25 Jan 2016

Author:
Terry Slavin, Guardian (UK)

Tesco campaign to minimise global food waste launched at World Economic Forum

"Tesco CEO heads up global food waste campaign launched at Davos", 21 Jan 2016

…At the World Economic Forum…Tesco CEO Dave Lewis is chair of a coalition of 30 leaders…who want to prompt action to reduce the third of all food produced which is never consumed. Such volumes result from…overproduction and wastage in the west and spoilage in developing countries. Craig Hanson…at the World Resources Institute (WRI), says the aim of the campaign, Champions 12.3, is to build political momentum towards sustainable development goal 12.3 to halve per capita global food waste levels by 2030...Mamadou Biteye, head of the [Rockefeller] Foundation’s work in Africa, says hundreds of thousands of smallholder farmers in Africa lose 15-42% of their fruit and vegetable crops due to…inability to link to sustainable markets…Tesco…has moved forward with initiatives such as committing to use the entire crop of its banana suppliers…At a recent conference, WRI president Andrew Steer also highlighted the significant contribution food waste makes to greenhouse gas emissions. “If food loss and waste was a country, it would be the third worst polluting country in the world, behind China and the US,” he said...Tesco’s decision to stock Kenyan beans that haven’t been chopped down to size…saved one supplier €70,000 (£50,000) a year in extra income…[Also refers to Morrisons.]

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