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1 Think.Eat.Save: Global Food Waste Prevention Düsseldorf May 8th, 2014 Clementine O’Connor UNEP Sustainable Food Systems Consultant

2 The Food Security Challenge About 870 million people – just over 15 percent of the world’s population – are undernourished today. In 2009, the world produced 2831 cal/person per day, which is enough to feed the planet. At the same time, at least one third or 1.3 billion tonnes of food is waste every year By 2050, the world’s population will reach 9 billion people – eliminating food waste is a critical to global food security strategy

3 World of Waste

4 Between 2007 and 2008, China wasted an estimated 50 million tonnes of food protein, which is enough to feed 200 million people. South Korea estimated that in 2012, the 50 million Koreans generate up to 170,000 tonnes of food waste daily, or about 350 grams (over 12 ounces) per person per day. The annual loss of economic value exceeds $1.5 billion. In the US, around 40 % of all food goes to waste each year. The cost is estimated at $195 billion per year (including $40 billion for households ).[source: NDRC]

5 In the UK, £1 billion-worth of the food wasted annually is food still « in date » and so perfectly edible ($1,5 bn). => If this quantity of food was not wasted, the saving in energy consumed in its production, packaging and transport would be the equivalent of taking 20% of cars off the road in the country. Water needed to grow:  1kg of apples: 822 litres  250 ml milk: 255 litres  1kg of chicken meat: 4,325 litres  1kg of beef: 15,415 litres Nb: These figures are average: water consumption depends on climate, variety, agricultural practices, length of growing season and degree of onward processing. Food waste is water, energy, pesticides…

6 French people throw away 20 kilos of food every year, representing between 500 to 1500 euros per year ($600-$1900). 1/3 is composed of food products that are not even opened or consumed. [source: France Nature Environnement] In the UK, average cost of food waste per household is £480 a year ($700), which accumulates to £15,000-24,000 over a lifetime ($22,500 - $36,000). For the average U.S. household of four, food waste translates into an estimated $1,350 to $2,275 in annual losses [Source: quoted in NDRC issue Paper (August 2012). Bloom, American Wasteland, 187] Nb: methodologies used to evaluate economic cost are different according to countries and sources, which means that figures cannot be compared directly. Food waste is money

7 The Vision: Zero Hunger Challenge Element 5: Zero lost or wasted food UNEP co-leads responsibility for this challenge Implementation via the Think.Eat.Save initiative

8 The Approach

9 Delivering tools: Guidance for reducing food waste in businesses and households Guidance for public authorities, businesses and other organisations on mapping, planning and delivering effective food waste prevention strategy To be published in late May To be piloted in selected countries/cities worldwide – contact us for further information about piloting Come and pick up your copy of the Executive Summary at the Think.Eat.Save stand!

10 Communication: The Think.Eat.Save. Campaign Multi-lingual campaign of the SAVE FOOD Initiative Launched in January 2013 A partnership between UNEP, FAO and Messe Düsseldorf, and in support of the UN Secretary-General’s Zero Hunger Challenge Seeks to:  galvanize widespread global, regional and national actions  catalyze more sectors of society to be aware and to act  connect food waste prevention to food security, ecosystems impact, climate change and sustainable consumption and production

11 The Campaign: Think.Eat.Save. Objectives: Raise awareness on food waste prevention Inspire action Share best practice The website One stop shop for news and resources Showcases ideas and examples Launches call for public action

12 The Campaign: First Year Results Over 160,000 visitors to the English website alone Monthly average Twitter reach of 5 million 92 articles were published, 30 blogs and colossal amount of Food Waste related information also published in terms of videos, tips, facts and figures as well as infographics An estimated 26,589 articles and references to Think.Eat.Save and WED were published online between 1 and 10 June 2013 in UN languages.

13 The Campaign: World Environment Day 2013 Food waste key theme of World Environment Day, June 5 th 2013 WED website reached 1 million visits in month of June alone WED was amongst the top 10 most talked about topics in Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Chile, Columbia, Guatemala, India, Italy, Malaysia, Mexico, Pakistan, Philippines, Spain, South Africa and Venezuela on June 5 th In India #ThinkEatSave was the number 1 topic of social media conversations for the duration of June 5 th Policy influencers adopting WED messaging included Najib Razak (Malaysian PM), Nelson Mandela (Notable UN voices included Christiana Figueres, Valerie Amos, and Helen Clark)

14 The Campaign: Other notable events 700 high level delegates dined on Food Grown in Kenya But Rejected by UK Supermarkets for Cosmetic Reasons (February 2013 in Nairobi) The Annakshetra Foundation fed 9200 People on Leftover Food from Wedding Parties in Jaipur (India, May 13) Feeding the OzHarvest – Think.Eat.Save events across Austrialia (Jul 13) Tesco Poland launched a competition to Help Schools Think.Eat.Save! (Oct 2013)

15 The Campaign: Other notable events Think.Eat.Save Goodwill Ambassador Giselle Bündchen shares key campaign messages on cooking segment of NBC Today Show, reaching estimated 4.6 million viewers

16 The Campaign: First Year Findings Goodwill Ambassadors were a huge boost to the campaign, through their own social media channels, event organization and engaging with the public via unep.org Expert of the Day Food waste experts around the world supported the campaign by engaging the public through various forums, online platforms, articles for the website and UNEP’s Our Planet magazine Social media was a strong driver for the campaign, partners and supporters helping to proliferate campaign messages

17 This is only the beginning… Please join us to Think Eat Save! Clementine #ThinkEatSave

18 This is only the beginning… Please join us to Think Eat Save! Clementine #ThinkEatSave


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