Monday, September 28, 2015

28/09/2015: E-conference: ‘Utilisation of Food Loss and Waste as well as Non-Food Parts as Livestock Feed’ 1-30 October 2015

Approximately 1.3-1.6 billion tonnes of food is lost or wasted globally every year, which is estimated to have enormous environmental (about 3.3 billion tonnes of CO2 equivalent greenhouse gas emission/year, 305 cubic km water/year, 1.5 billion ha land to grow food that is wasted), social (US$936 billion) and economic (US$1055 billion) costs.

Also such food loss and waste has an impact on food security, natural resource availability, and local and national economies. FAO through the 'Save Food' initiative is working with partners to develop, plan and implement initiatives for efficient use of resources and harmonisation of methodologies, strategies and approaches.
Image: US Department of Agriculture
Globally many plant resources are being used either as food or as animal feed. This dual-purpose use raises questions how to consider a change of utilisation of plant resources from food to animal feed within the context of food losses and waste. Similarly if food gets lost or wasted a part of these losses can be converted to animal feed.

FAO is in the process of developing a framework and an action plan on ‘Food Loss and Waste plus Non-Food Parts to Livestock Feed’ with the objective to develop criteria for setting the boundaries between dual purpose use and food loss, and to enhance animal feed availability without compromising animal health and welfare and animal product safety and quality, and meeting legislative requirements.

The aim of the e-conference is to seek guidance on:
a) the aims, scope and boundaries of the framework;
b) implementation of the framework, and
c) role of different stakeholders, from academia, feed and food industries, civil societies, policy makers, extension workers to farmers in the implementation.

How to join
The e-conference is open to all persons interested in the topic, is free (there is no registration fee) and will be moderated.

To join the e-mail conference, send an e-mail to leaving the subject blank and entering the following text: 

subscribe FAO-FoodLoss2AnimalFeed-L

After you have sent the email, you will get an email containing a link. You need to click on the link to complete your subscription.

What next
On 15th September 2015 a ‘Background Document’ was posted containing a draft framework and an action plan on ‘Food Loss and Waste plus Non-Food Parts to Livestock Feed’. It will set the scene for this e-conference. It will also provide information on how the conference will be run and how you can send your contribution.

It may please be noted that the Background Document and contributions from participants will be available only to those who have joined the e-conference by subscribing to the FAO-FoodLoss2AnimalFeed-L list by following the procedure given above. Also you will be able to contribute to the e-conference only if you have joined the e-conference.

Visit the FAO site HERE.

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