Food Summit Focuses On Food Waste

Sustainable Foods Summit was hosted in San Francisco, bringing together over 160 food industry executives.

Published on: Feb 21, 2013

The North American edition of the Sustainable Foods Summit was hosted in San Francisco, bringing together over 160 executives from the food industry. A major outcome is that the food industry needs to address supply chain inefficiencies; over a third of food produced for human consumption is lost and wasted in supply chains, whilst shortages are leading to food security and food inflation.

In his opening keynote, the journalist Jonathan Bloom highlighted the hidden costs of food production. According to Bloom, agriculture takes 10% of oil, 45% of land and 80% of water resources. 'Morally callous' is how he described the fact that a third of food produced for human consumption is wasted, whilst over 15% of American households struggle to find enough food.  

The general consensus from food summit participants in San Francisco was that intensive production methods were not the sole solution to feed the growing global population. Sustainable agriculture has a role in improving the environmental and social footprint of food products, whilst reducing food waste can expand the supply base, reduce food inflation, as well as improve food security.
The general consensus from food summit participants in San Francisco was that intensive production methods were not the sole solution to feed the growing global population. Sustainable agriculture has a role in improving the environmental and social footprint of food products, whilst reducing food waste can expand the supply base, reduce food inflation, as well as improve food security.

Tackling food waste was a major focus of the summit. With growing pressure on food companies to become more sustainable, the summit discussed waste reduction approaches and landfill diversion methods. Other sessions honed in on marketing best-practices and new technologies.

Organic Monitor thanks the summit sponsors, supporting organizations, media partners and delegates for another successful sustainability summit. The European edition of the Sustainable Foods Summit will take place in Amsterdam on 6-7th June 2013. To receive more details, please contact us

The Sustainable Foods Summit is a series of international summits that focuses on the leading issues the food industry faces concerning sustainability and eco-labels, such as Organic, Fair Trade, Rainforest Alliance, UTZ Certified, etc. Each edition brings together key stake-holders in the food industry that include food manufacturers, ingredient & raw material suppliers, retailers & distributors, industry organizations & certification agencies, researchers & academics, investors, etc.