14 May 2014


Food Waste in the European Food Supply Chain: Challenges and Opportunities

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Presentation of PROVALUE Project in Athens conference : "Food Waste in the European Food Supply Chain: Challenges and Opportunities"

The main focus of this workshop was the valorisation of what is presently defined by FAO (2013) as food wastages. Minimising food wastages may be handled by two main routes: i. reduction of avoidable losses across the supply chain and; ii. valorisation of unavoidable losses. In this COST strategic workshop, leading representatives of science and the rapidly evolving “green” industry got together, with stakeholders of the present “Food Industry” and authorities, to explore the possibilities of “secondary harvest” and “recycling” of food wastages. i.e. knowledge-driven valorisation and “Green” growth based on organic side flows of the present food system. This was to be achieved by:

A) Discussion and knowledge-exchange of ideas and current activities via plenary lectures and presentations of success cases as well as SME/industry/science broker meetings. The plenary lectures and a conclusion will be published in the scientific journal “Food Security”.

B) Formulation of a roadmap and policy brief for the Commission leading towards a food wastages bio-based economy stemming from a high-level “Round Table”

This workshop was a major attempt at pan-European level to expand the issue of the three “Rs” (reduce, reuse and recycle) to the area of recycle and co-utilisation of food wastages. For example, one could see such approach as combining a primary and secondary harvest, in cases where the food and non-food compartment of the same production is utilized, while recycle may be the case where the waste becomes a source in food production again. The intent of the workshop was to explore these routes of food wastages from an EU and business opportunity aspect.



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