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  • Rubric: Press-releases
    10.01.2020

    SAVE FOOD - From Food Loss to Circular Economy

  • innovationparc 1, 28 January 2020, 13:00 -15:00

    FAO Office in Moscow hereby invites you to participate in its From Food Loss to Circular Economy section to take place on 28 January in Moscow at upakovka 2020 as part of the SAVE FOOD global initiative.

    The purpose of the event is to present local and global b2b cases that are already actively working or are just putting circular economy principles into operation to reduce food loss and food waste. In this section, we will discuss the existing barriers and whether business in Russia manages to earn when switching to a new, more sustainable production model.


    FROM FOOD LOSS TO CIRCULAR ECONOMY

    The Sustainable Development Goals adopted in 2015 by the UN General Assembly indicate a necessity for changing the obsolete traditional production model functioning on the principle make, use, dispose, for a new model, circular economy also known as closed-loop economy, or reuse and recycle economy. This is a process of sustainable material use across the entire supply chain – from production to consumption when all materials are disposed or recycled and returned to the production cycle. The circular economy promotes generation of innovative solutions for living in harmony with nature providing a social basis for inclusive and sustainable development.

    Restructuring of food systems based on the circular economy principles may advance solution of the global food waste problem by means of shortening the food supply chain and improving the efficiency thereof as regards resource usage. At present a third of all food produced is either lost or goes to waste, which does not only fail to contribute to ensuring food safety and nutrition, but also increases pressure on the natural resources. The energy used to make food that is lost or wasted is about 10 per cent of the total world energy consumption, whereas the annual volume of greenhouse gas emissions related to food loss and waste is as high as 3.5 gigatons expressed in ??2 equivalents.

    Prevention of food loss and waste is one of the circular economy priorities. The fight against food waste is also aimed at facilitating achievement of Sustainable Development Goal 12, Target 12.3. And the results of business transformation to prevent food waste are convincing. The research shows 14:1 return on investment for companies investing in food loss and waste reduction in their operations.

    In the section, we will review local and global cases of business interaction to reduce food loss and waste – b2b that are already actively working or just putting circular economy principles into operation, will learn what barriers there are and whether business in Russia manages to earn when switching to a new, more sustainable production model.

    Topics we offer for discussion:

    • Reduction of food waste across the production chain
    • Regenerative farming models. Fight against food loss
    • Using food waste to make new products
    • Cooperation between science and business - beneficial collaboration and innovations
    • Sharing economy role in the circular economy