Monday, March 28, 2016

How Food Waste Recovery Improves Sustainability of Food Systems

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Sustainability is the development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. However, this definition is difficult to be understood or applied by organizations that have specific responsibilities to the society, beyond their economic and legal obligations. Responsibility means that people, planet and profit should be considered as a whole system, needing balance. By balancing the social and environmental elements of sustainability, long-term profitability could be achieved.
A food system is defined as the sum of all the diverse elements (environment, people, inputs, processes, infrastructures, institutions, etc) and activities related to the production, processing, distribution, preparation and consumption of food, and their socio-economic and environmental outcomes. Sustainability could be illustrated through the product stewardship concept, which is defined by the shared responsibilities that all participants in a product’s life cycle have for minimizing its environmental and health impacts. A product’s responsibilities in a supply chain do not end when the product is delivered to consumers. This means that product manufacturers, retailers, users and disposers are responsible for the health, safety and environmental impacts of their products across their life cycle (e.g. from raw material extraction to use and disposal).  Thus, there is a need for balancing food products responsibilities (e.g. economic, social and environmental) throughout the supply chain.
Today, there is a need to decrease food loss across the supply chain, but also to identify ways to best utilise discharged food mass. Although waste arises at every stage of the food supply chain, the causes of its generation vary depending on the supply chain stage. Effective food waste management will benefit all supply chain members.  Reducing processing food wastes by recovering valuable compounds and developing new products can significantly improve the sustainability of the food production system, considering the following ways.
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Monday, March 7, 2016

Food Waste Recovery Book Presentations & Authors’ Team Acknowledgments

After its launching six months ago, the Food Waste Recovery book is continuously raising interest among researchers, academics, students, professionals and industrial partners active in the field. Indeed, thousands’ of colleagues have already joined our Linkedin and Facebook communities, participate in our open forums, discuss their needs, make questions, refer their case scenarios, indicate their problems and finally look for solutions and consulting in our interactive Food Waste Recovery (FWR) Group.
Book Presentations & Key Events
Trying to catch up with colleagues, meet our audience as well as explain in details the key features and hints of the book, numerous presentations, lectures and relevant events have been organized within 2016. On February 11th, online book presentation was organized by ISEKI Food Association (IFA) watched live by hundreds of colleagues around the world. A recording of this book presentation can be viewed in the following video:

Further information will be presented in the following speeches:
  • More events are coming to Campden (UK), Porto (Portugal) and other places. Follow events here.
Food Waste Recovery Workshop is planned one day (5th of July 2016) before the 4rd ISEKI_Food Conference in Vienna (6th to 8th of July). The objective of the workshop is to provide state of the art knowledge, basic theory and critical information in the field, by explaining in details the “Universal Recovery Strategy“, as well as noting the advantages and disadvantages of dominant methodologies applied in downstream processing, from the initial source to the final product. Finally, success stories of real industrial applications and consortiums’ development will be discussed in a round table.
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