Are we likely to achieve the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal of halving food waste by 2030, bearing in mind our global population is expected to reach nine billion by then?
It is going to take a seismic shift in consumer behavior and attitudes – we need to change our shopping habits, rethink our relationship with food and try to ensure that as little as possible is incinerated or ends up in landfill.
It will require continuing government intervention around the world, consumer campaigns and numerous innovative solutions to combat our global food mountain – and even so, the Real Junk Food Project’s Adam Smith remains very skeptical about our chances of hitting that UN goal.
He says bluntly, “Not a chance – the problem’s getting much worse. These things are just kind of pie in the sky ideas that people are putting now so that they can make some beautiful glossy graphs and pictures that people can show each other at these meetings and conferences.”