First International Conference on Global Food Security


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Published on
October 1, 2013

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:

#gfs2013 Session underway on the lost nitrogen and phosphors assoc with #foodwaste

Edible insects

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:

Great keynote speeches today on #nutrition and #foodwaste at #GFS2013! Very inspired by @Feeding5k's #PigIdea, feeding #foodwaste to pigs
McDonald: Interventions to promote #foodsecurity most effective if targeted to poorest households & include income-generating activities #gfs2013
Cascape coordinators at #gfs2013 discuss with speakers the role of #certification and small farmers' #foodsecurity
#gfs2013 Thom Achterbosch: various ways possible to produce energy crops that minimize further claims on land
#Plantwise streaming from #gfs2013 talking about helping farmers lose less in the war on pests.

The last day of the conference, on October 2, is again jam-packed with interesting workshops and lectures.

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