Effects Of Food Se-Curity

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It was the food price crisis in 2008 that made evident to the international community that food se-curity can be a complex threat to society. Since that moment, food waste gained great international relevance being considered in 2011 by the Agriculture and Rural Development –European Commis-sion as important as energy efficiency (EU Res. 2011/2175(INI)). FAO among other institutions re-ported that global limitations on food availability would exist in the upcoming years up to 2050, which, combined with current food waste, results in an unethical world-feeding situation. FAO’s report in 2011 exposed that in Europe about 95-115 kg of food per capita and year are quantified as wasted. That is, one-third of all food produced for human consumption …show more content…
Three notions: food wastage, food loss and food waste are randomly used in the different reports published. As a consequence of this lack of agreement, discrepancies among published data exist, and consequently, it is difficult to develop efficient strategies to handle food security. Nevertheless, an agreement exists in that re-sponsibility does not only lie at the European Commission or state level, but at local and even indi-vidual levels. Moreover, published data revealed that about 50% of the total amount of food wasted is generated in the last stage of the food supply chain: household and out-of-home food consump-tion. Therefore, in order to achieve an efficient food management system we need to understand consumers’ behaviour and attitudes towards food waste generation and …show more content…
It is administered at the local level by the Barcelona Metropolitan Area (AMB) - formed by 36 municipalities- which handle elements such as territory, environment, housing and transport. No food waste quantification studies are currently available at the AMB lev-el. However, at the Catalan level, food waste was quantified during 2010 by the Catalan Waste Agency (ARC; UAB, 2012). Results show that about 262.471 tonnes of food are wasted every year in Catalonia, 35 kg per person/year. This study points out that, if not considering agriculture and in-dustry, 60% all food waste generated in Catalonia is generated by households. The Technical Report published by the European Commission highlights that the average of household food waste for EU27 is about 76 kg/capita in 2006. Spain is the sixth country with the highest amount of food waste with an average of 49 kg/capita (Bio Intelligence Service 2010). However, there is no recent data comparing European countries distribution of food waste within the food

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