A third of the food produced in SA goes to waste

The value of the food lost or wasted is put at R60-billion or 2% of SA’s GDP, according to the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR).

A third of the food produced in SA goes to waste

Some 10 million tonnes of food ends up as waste in South Africa, which is about a third of the 31 million tonnes produced annually in the country, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) has said. 

Of this wasted food, about 90% is disposed of to landfills, where it leads to the production of greenhouse gases like methane and carbon dioxide.

Cutting down on food waste will not only decrease carbon emissions but significantly turn around the food insecurity felt by many South Africans, the WWf said.

10x20x30 Food Waste Reduction Initiative

Pick n Pay (PnP), one of the largest supermarket chain stores in South Africa, has asked 20 of its biggest suppliers to join the company in its global food waste reduction initiative, 10x20x30.

“This is a monumental unnecessary waste which cannot be allowed to continue,” said Gareth Ackerman, PnP chairman and co-chair of the Consumer Goods Council of South Africa, “especially as there are about 14 million South Africans going to bed hungry every night.”

The project is backed by 10 of the world’s largest food retailers and manufacturers, and will focus on in-store and supply chain food loss and waste.

As the demand for food continues to increase around the world, agricultural-based industries are under increasing pressure to maximise yields. At the same time, growers struggle to adapt to climate change, adopt sustainable and innovative growing practices and mitigate environmental impact.

Moral obligation towards the planet and people

“The 10x20x30 initiative aligns us all on the simple approach to Target-Measure-Act,” said Stephanie Tack, Global Sustainability Manager for McCain Foods, an international purveyor of frozen potato and appetiser products,

“While we have a moral obligation towards the planet and people to accelerate action on food waste reduction, it is also absolutely in the interest of our businesses. It is a global challenge which we cannot solve alone, partnerships and collaborative action  are of key importance.”

Dr Berhard Rey, head of Cooperation of the EU delegation to South Africa said about 30 percent of food production worldwide was wasted and there were about 820 million undernourished people worldwide.

He said as part of the partnership between the EU and the South African Government, there was a voluntary commitment to reduce losses when crops fail and food wastage as part of a “Farm to Fork” initiative.

During a recent “Food waste in South Africa” seminar led by the EU delegation in South Africa, speakers painted a grim picture of millions of South Africans going to bed hungry at night with 30 percent of households threatened by food insecurity, 30 percent facing hunger; and 13 million children living in poverty.

Wider ramifications

Apart from the food waste meaning that food which could help beat the hunger often ended up in landfills or was lost in various parts of the production chain, Prof Suzan Oelofse, principle economics and waste research at the CSIR, said there were wider ramifications.

This included higher food prices, climate change through excessive greenhouse gas emissions; the fruitless use of agricultural land, wasted fertilizer and pesticides and the waste of scarce resources such as water and electricity.

She said another aspect which had to be taken into account was the wasted materials used in packaging, notably plastics.

While there were pros to using packaging – such as protecting food from damage, easing distribution, extending shelf life and informing and educating costumers – there were also disadvantages which increased the chances of plastic adding to food waste and becoming an environmental concern.

Rising food costs

Food costs worldwide rose for a fourth straight month in September, led by vegetable oils and cereals such as wheat and maize, according to the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

Rising living costs have sparked unrest among people already blighted by unemployment and illness. 

Authorities imposed a 16-hour curfew in part of Sudan, where bread and vegetable prices drove annual inflation to 212% in September, after protesters blocked major roads. 

In Pakistan, thousands of civil servants descended on the capital to demand a pay rise to compensate for rising prices.

Since households in poorer countries spend a bigger share of their budgets on feeding themselves, food has a heavier weighting in their inflation indexes. 

The jump in food costs has helped push some major emerging market central banks to pause or slow interest rate cuts, blunting the main policy tool they have to fight the slump.

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Your daily Horoscope for 24 October 2020

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Your daily Horoscope for 24 October 2020

TODAY’S MOTIVATIONAL QUOTE:

Knowledge is not what you can remember, but what you cannot forget. — Anonymous

TODAY’S WISDOM FROM AROUND THE WORLD:

Never draw your dirk when a blow will do it. — Scottish Proverb

TODAY’S CHINESE PROVERB:

Prosperity brings us friends, adversity drives them away.

FOR THOSE OF US BORN ON THIS DAY:

Happy Birthday! The focus for you over the next year seems to be your imaginative process, which at times will be working over time, sometimes to the detriment of real life! When you’re feeling troubled or uneasy you will have a tendency to retreat into your imagination. There could be a possibility for frittering away your energies on day dreams, which is most unlike you, but because you have the ability to be very creative you should channel those energies so they don’t go to waste! Relationships will be very constructive towards the end of the year. It may well be that a new and important person in your life will help you focus your life goals.

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CELEBRITIES BORN ON THIS DAY:

Famous people born on your birthday include: Kevin Kline, Bill Wyman, Kweisi Mfume, Mary Bono, Doug Kellogg, F. Murray Abraham, Monica Arnold, Brenda Kirk, Ben Gillies

CELEBRITY GOSSIP:

Beyonce has been playing to sell out crowds again and the planets suggest that the year is going to just get better and better with some wonderful personal news on the way!

ARIES DAILY HOROSCOPE | Mar 21 – Apr 19

Reliable influences will offer a chance to clear the air; to establish the parameters, or even get something out in the open. However, in order to make the most of this, it’s possible that you’ll need to take the first step, which may be a little harder than it sounds. Be open to a suggestion!

Today’s Numbers:   3, 14, 25, 28, 33, 47

TAURUS DAILY HOROSCOPE | Apr 20 – May 20

It’s perhaps a good idea to tap into the highly industrious vibe, because the planets hint at a slow but unexpected development on the romantic front over the coming days. That said; you could get a minor hint of this before the day is through. As an aside; it may be wise to address a lingering matter as soon as possible!

Today’s Numbers:  1, 5, 11, 20, 39, 42

GEMINI DAILY HOROSCOPE | May 21 – Jun 20

There’s a subtly wise vibe at work today, but don’t automatically assume a problem where none exist. If you pay attention to incoming advice and guidance, you’ll find it won’t take much to get yourself on the right track. One positive result is likely to have a very positive knock-on effect!

Today’s Numbers: 7, 12, 25, 39, 41, 45

CANCER DAILY HOROSCOPE | Jun 21 – Jul 22

A fresher cosmic surge should bring in a gently industrious vibe. That said; don’t over-extend yourself, especially when it comes to work based obligations. With this in mind, it’s perhaps not a great idea to postpone any important obligations or delay any important deadlines!

Today’s Numbers:   8, 13, 27, 32, 36, 44

LEO DAILY HOROSCOPE | Jul 23 – Aug 22

While it’s a day primed for gradual improvements on a couple of fronts, you may be a little tempted to hurry some things along, in order to bring about more immediate results. While you may get away with this, do take care with certain decisions: you won’t be as objective as you may think!

Today’s Numbers: 1, 19, 26, 34, 41, 45

VIRGO DAILY HOROSCOPE | Aug 23 – Sep 22

While communications are likely to feature, this may be in the context of a restrictive vibe. It may be that someone pours cold water on your ideas in the workplace. Colleagues may well be a little inflexible too. However; it’s quite possible that you’ll have the last say, just not today!

Today’s Numbers:  9, 14, 23, 28, 33, 47

LIBRA DAILY HOROSCOPE | Sep 23 – Oct 22

A generally vibe has the capacity to boost a particular development, but that’s only if you can avoid extravagant and/or over-the-top responses. A sensible suggestion may not appeal in the first instance, but at least consider it. Don’t be tempted to cut corners to free up more time!

Today’s Numbers: 6, 12, 20, 27, 34, 42

SCORPIO DAILY HOROSCOPE | Oct 23 – Nov 21

It’s a day that is likely to bring useful discoveries. This may sound quite a little ominous, but actually if there is a knock-on effect then it is very likely to be quite a slow and positive one. There may even be a very discernable shift within one of your personal relationships!

Today’s Numbers: 3, 8, 14, 21, 30, 48

SAGITTARIUS DAILY HOROSCOPE | Nov 22 – Dec 21

The sterner vibe could feel quite taxing. However; don’t discount the possibility of useful openings and opportunities. Specifically; there is the potential to revise recent plans or targets with refreshing results. However; this is likely to require some slight back-pedaling!

Today’s Numbers:  7, 15, 19, 26, 35, 42

CAPRICORN DAILY HOROSCOPE | Dec 22 – Jan 19

It’s a day that could see the pressure ease, especially when it comes to ongoing agreements, whether formal or informal. However, a personal matter may require a little sensitivity, because it’s possible that someone close to you could do with some attention!

Today’s Numbers: 3, 8, 11, 21, 30, 45

AQUARIUS DAILY HOROSCOPE | Jan 20 – Feb 18

A freshly persistent vibe should reintroduce enough focus and drive to tackle lingering concerns. The work/career front should see you making definite, if slow progress. There is a slight hitch and that is a tendency to try and keep a lost-cause going, even if there’s no point anymore!

Today’s Numbers: 9, 17, 29, 33, 36, 42

PISCES DAILY HOROSCOPE | Feb 19 – Mar 20

It’s an infinitely fresher day, thanks to planetary shifts. That said; the only block to taking advantage of all that the day has to offer is an inclination to hesitate and waver in the face of a possibly muddled choice. Try to be a little less concerned with how and what others may be thinking!

Today’s Numbers: 1, 4, 15, 21, 30, 46

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