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Dagens nyheter's Debate Them. Without good data, we don't know how much food wastage is

It is high time for us to get a grip on the waste of resources in our food supply. It is therefore to be welcomed that a number of operators in the food sector

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Dagens nyheter's Debate Them. Without good data, we don't know how much food wastage is

It is high time for us to get a grip on the waste of resources in our food supply. It is therefore to be welcomed that a number of operators in the food sector and the relevant government authorities have started to cooperate in order to halve food wastage by 2030, so that they write in their op-ed.

my research is on the impact on the environment, I, as a consumer, by the numbers. This is why I have included, the focus is on measuring and reporting what and how much of it is actually being disposed at a different level. Oddly enough, there is a lack of reliable data, at the same time, the general public, policy makers and the business community seem to agree that the problem is huge and needs to be addressed. Without the data, we neither know how big the problem is, and how it should be fixed, or if we have reached our goal.

It is important that both decision-makers and the general public are given a clear and fair picture of the matsvinnets significance when compared with the food choices and other factors that will determine the impact on the environment. Here I would like to highlight a few points on which the new partnership will hopefully improve the current state of knowledge.

1 , Strip the waste, and the waste. : the environmental protection agency's statistics show that food waste in Sweden in the year 2018, 133 kg per capita, of which 95 kg, which is about 70 percent were thrown away in the household. These figures sound really great, more than a pound of food waste per day for a family of four, but it must be borne in mind that a lot of food waste is ”food” in its everyday meaning. Food waste includes, in addition to the meatballs, and breads, such as potato and citrus peel, coffee grounds, are animal remains, rind and bones. A certain proportion of the waste could have been eaten at some point, and this is what we refer to as the food waste. The boundary between food waste and the so-called ”unavoidable” food waste is a culturally-determined, and can tolerate, of course, is to be discussed, but, according to the environmental protection agency is a more than 50 per cent of household waste to the so-called inevitable.

2 , Indicate what is to be discarded, not how many pounds.

This is for one of two reasons. The first is that the distinction between food waste and unavoidable food waste can be defined in a variety of ways. A curious reader just to elaborate on the demarcation of the border on the curvy carrot, and the fish guts have to be reported separately. The second is that, from the environmental point of view, a part of the waste is worse than the other. According to the environmental protection agency, is comprised of household food waste by around 20 per cent of the uthällt tea and coffee making facilities, i.e. mostly of the luke-warm water. Of course, it is a waste to the average joe, annually pour out the 10 gallons of coffee, and the coffee down the drain, but from the environmental point of view, it is more important to reduce the wastage of the meat and the cheese.

3. makes clear what the numbers actually mean. is just as important as the actual numbers are a, a detailed description of what is actually measured is the Case it is dry or wet weight? Include the tendons and the bones, in the category of meats? How has the boundary been drawn between unavoidable waste, and food waste? The more details recorded, the more relevant the analysis.

4. Elaborate on the goal.

the Aim is to halve the food wastage is an ambitious and laudable. However, if we focus only on the number of kilograms of food waste, there is a risk that we will miss out on its biggest economic and environmental benefits. The impact is typically less for a pound of vegetables than a pound of meat, so eating and hemmakök shift to a more vegetarian diet, and it turns out that the grönsakssvinnet's köttsvinnet decreases, then the total food wastage, while the impact on the environment is reduced. It is possible to calculate the environmental performance indicators that take these factors into account, but then have the data be in sufficient detail in the right spots.

this can be a great contribution to a more in-depth discussion of the impact on the environment. Let the start of the project, will provide an opportunity to discuss these fundamental questions, then we have a chance to receive a data resource in the world.
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