Slow Food Day 2013 in Italy: reflection on reduction in food waste

Graphic for Slow Food Day provided courtesy of Slow Food International
Graphic for Slow Food Day provided courtesy of Slow Food International

This past weekend marked another occasion of Slow Food Day in Italy. On the 25th of May Slow Food Day was celebrated in about 300 towns around Italy. The ever-present themes of sustainable food production and social justice were evident in the event. But, the focus this year was on the particular theme of the reduction in food waste.

Here is a short introduction of the press release for the event in Italy which I have translated into English:

Slow Food Day: take to the piazzas against food waste

An issue that is not only economic, but also moral, social, and environmental

"Food waste carries with it significant negative impacts from both the environmental and social perspectives," says Carlo Petrini, President of Slow Food Italy. "Take, for example, the amount of water or energy needed during the life cycle of global food production, from planting to consumption." From the ethical and social points of view, the imbalances are increasingly evident among people who suffer from hunger and malnutrition and those for which the problem of obesity and food waste are increasingly present. "The impact and importance of our daily behaviors are some of the topics discussed during Slow Food Day, celebrated in 300 Italian cities on the 25th of May and dedicated to waste reduction." In fact, as noted by the study by the FAO Global Food Losses and Food Waste. Extent, Causes and Prevention, published in 2011, the amount of food thrown away by the industrialized countries reaches 222 million tons, equal to the available food production in Sub-Saharan Africa, which is about 230 million tons.

Food for thought ( pardon the pun).

Here is the link to the complete press release in Italian for Slow Food Day from Slow Food Italy, provided courtesy of Slow Food International:

Ci sentiamo presto, Lina

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