The Declaration of Independence (from food waste)

In December, I wrote about the Danish group Stop Wasting Food. After that post ran, their founder, Selina Juul, pointed me to a fascinating product–the Joint Declaration Against Food Waste.

While it’s not quite as grandiose as our Declaration of Independence, the joint declaration has grand ambitions. Most notably, it pushes for:

  • A global reduction of food waste by 50% at all steps of the food chain
  • The UN to add reducing food waste to Goal #7 (ensure environmental sustainability) of its Millennium Development Goals
  • International aid agencies to push food efficiency alongside improvements in agriculture and development
  • The European Commission to take a stance on food waste

The document provides a nice model of what could be. Of how we can assert important goals for reducing waste, which will likely prompt action. Next up, hopefully, will be a declaration signed by representatives from all corners of the globe.

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5 Comments

  1. Posted January 12, 2011 at 8:45 am | Permalink

    Thanks for sharing this! So important that we don’t ignore what goes out (and not just in), and it starts at home.

  2. Posted January 12, 2011 at 8:13 pm | Permalink

    You said it! Thanks for the input, Belinda.

  3. Posted January 12, 2011 at 11:01 pm | Permalink

    Jonathan, I caught part of your interview today on the Living Today show on Martha Stewart’s satellite radio channel. So glad I did! Also glad that I was able to find your blog here. I’ll be checking out your book too. I have written a few posts on the subject of food waste myself. With increased awareness about the quality of the food that goes in our bodies, we also need to educate ourselves on how much food we actually need for our families and also how we can help our communities with unpurchased food. I look forward to exploring your blog a bit more!

  4. Posted January 12, 2011 at 11:20 pm | Permalink

    Hey Brenda,
    I’m glad you caught that interview, too! I like the look and feel of your site, and I’m sure you’ll have no problem recognizing how planning your meals before shopping can lead to so much less waste! Have a look around and let me know how if I can help in any way.

  5. Posted March 17, 2012 at 5:10 pm | Permalink

    Quite intriguing topic , thanks for posting . 504605

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