Wasting food has health implications. How? The fertilizers that are used for food production also have side-effects: water and air pollution, which harms human health and the environment. Hence, avoiding unnecessary food wastage leads to a reduction of nitrogen emissions and, in turn, to a limitation of health problems.
Much focus on food waste reduction
Food waste was an important topic on the third day of the First International Conference on Global Food Security in Noordwijkerhout, organised by Wageningen UR and publisher Elsevier. One of the keynote speakers on Tuesday, October 1, was Tristram Stuart, the world famous campaigner against food waste. The subject was also discussed during various workshops.
Throughout the conference, interesting updates from Noordwijkerhout keep appearing on twitter. People around the globe can follow what is happening at the First International Conference of Global Food Security by reading all tweets from the people that are attending the conference, by using #GFS2013.
For instance, Olive Heffernan (@O_Heffernan, freelance science writer), just posted on twitter:
Other topics discussed in the dozens of parallel sessions on Tuesday the 1st of October were 'novel foods', such as insects as alternative protein source, 'labelling and certifying the sustainability of foods', sustainable intensification of food production systems through 'yield gap analyses', 'enabling policies for food security, locally and globally', 'land sharing or land sparing' and 'food price changes: causes and effects'.
An overview of some of the tweets that were sent out on October 1:
The last day of the conference, on October 2, is again jam-packed with interesting workshops and lectures.