EVERY CRUMB COUNTS DECLARATION

BECOME A SIGNATORY

In June 2013, we launched a joint declaration on food waste, “Every Crumb Counts” in parallel with “Maximizing food resources: A toolkit for food manufacturers on avoiding food wastage”. The toolkit fulfills our commitment, as a signatory of the declaration, to raise awareness of the need to reduce food waste both within manufacturing operations and along the food chain. It also fulfills our commitment to contribute to the development and dissemination of best practices.

FOOD WASTE HIERARCHY: PREVENTING FOOD WASTE FROM OCCURRING IN THE FIRST PLACE

When food is unable to stay within the human food chain and be redirected to feed people, the optimal solution will depend on a case-by-case evaluation. A first consideration should be whether it could be redirected to feed livestock subject to safety, quality and legislative requirements being met. Otherwise, consideration should be given to using it as a raw material for other industries (e.g. detergents, inks, cosmetics, plastics and pharmaceuticals) or recovery (e.g. transformed into fertilizer or compost or used for renewable energy production). Only as a last resort should it be incinerated without energy recovery or sent to landfill.

Food wastage toolkit

PREVENT FOOD WASTE

  • SUPPLY CHAIN APPROACH
  • INFORMATION TO CONSUMERS
  • INNOVATION AND PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT

REDIRECT TO FEED PEOPLE

  • REALISING THE BENEFITS OF FOOD REDISTRIBUTION

REDIRECT TO FEED ANIMALS AND TO INDUSTRIAL USE

  • CONVERTING WOULD-BE WASTE INTO VALUABLE COMMODITIES

RECOVERY

  • PROMOTE SOIL ENRICHMENT AND ENERGY RECOVERY