There’s an episode from the long-running FOX televsion comedy series The Simpsons™ in which the family is sitting on the couch watching the news, when a teaser for an upcoming segment appears:
...coming up next, a new fad that's sweeping the nation - wasting food!
The accompanying image is that of a smiling man dumping an entire roasted turkey on a platter into a garbage can, then pouring an entire bottle of fresh milk on top of it. (© FOX / The Simpsons™, Episode 9F02, Lisa The Beauty Queen.)
To be sure it’s a humorous and satirical critique on America’s over-abundance, hyper-consumption, perceived collective laziness, and easy access to everything. But in actuality millions around the world face a completely different reality about access to food, and especially the ability to safely and efficiently store it.
From May 16 – 17, 2011, Messe Düsseldorf, in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), will welcome the premiere of the SAVE FOOD International Congress. At the center of this meeting, the conflict between nutrition, packaging and sustainability will be addressed. SAVE FOOD 2011 will illuminate the magnitude and causes of global food waste and underscore the contribution that improved packaging could make in the fight against food waste.
The congress will be held parallel to interpack 2011, the world’s largest and leading international trade fair for the packaging and related processing industries. It will bring together the most important stakeholders from the food and packaging industries, retail, government, administration, research and the public.
The FAO will present three new studies and surveys of wealthy, developing and emerging nations. Two of the planned studies will depict the problem of food waste along the worldwide supply chain (loss of nutritional value, deterioration of nutritional quality, insufficient food safety, magnitude of losses), and the third study will focus on concrete perspectives of the packaging industry business model against this background.
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