Liefooghe says: “At many places around the globe, governments are not taking enough action regarding climate change. Given the urgency of the situation, we ourselves should not wait!”
Food waste is a huge issue around the globe. The facts should be enough reason to act: About a third of the world’s food gets lost or wasted every year. Global food waste causes 6-8% of all greenhouse gases emitted through human activity. Wasting less food could have a huge impact in helping to achieve climate goals and ensuring there is enough valuable food for the growing global population. In the Netherlands the food waste level equals to 105-152 kg per capita annually.
Frontrunners across the food supply chain in the Netherlands have initiated a collaboration with stakeholders from government, universities and civil society: the Taskforce Circular Economy in Food. The Taskforce focuses on reducing food waste throughout the entire food chain. We will accomplish this by preventing and reducing as much food waste as possible and creating value from side flows according to the “Moerman Food Use Hierarchy”. In a joint effort, we aim to make the Netherlands one of the first countries to cut food waste in half, and become a leader and a global role model in terms of realizing Sustainable Development Goal 12.3.
Liefooghe calls for action: “This project invites everybody to participate in order to preserve and rebuild our beautiful planet”.
Think global and act local is an important element of the integral approach. Regional collaborations are crucial to use the local energy and creativity, combined with local entrepreneurships and participative approach. This gives a unique opportunity in Wageningen, also in the connection between the WUR-community and the regional actors. As part of the local Wageningen Climate partnership, a unique challenge has been launched: Wageningen as a living lab to fight food waste. One of the first initiatives is the opening of a Food surplus product category at the Jumbo Verberne store in the Tarthorst. The shelf is a collaboration between 18 entrepreneurs of the platform “Verspilling is Verrukkelijk” (food waste is precious), MVO-Nederland, WUR and the municipality of Wageningen.