Food waste. Only the scornful sounding word is indignant, but it is not enough. It is not enough to be indignant to fight it, you have to understand it, study it, analyze it. Not alone, it is not necessary, because there is an entire book dedicated to food waste. To publish it are the careful Ambiente editions which they entrust to Andrea Segré is Luca Falasconi the theme of food waste gutted in 128 pages accessible even to non-professionals. Wrong definition, then, "of the trade", because it is food waste it concerns us all, it concerns everyone because everyone is the producer of the famous drop in the ocean, which changes the conformation of the continents.
The title is explanatory: "The black book of waste in Italy: food". Two data to understand the size and importance of the phenomenon: from 1974 to the present day food waste in the world has increased by 50%. 40% of the food produced in the United States is thrown away. In Sweden, on average, each family throws away 25% of the food they buy. But let's go back to Italy where the examples of food waste "They are wasted", so much so that every year, before the food reaches our plates, an amount is lost that could satisfy the food needs for the entire year of three quarters of the population. There is talk of over 44 million people.
Yet there is talk of it, a little more than in recent decades, but not enough yet. Good practices are appearing but the numbers still do not change decisively, there is no reversal of trend. Here because "The black book on waste in Italy: food" it is a necessary and useful reading. First of all to analyze the agri-food chain but above all to take action, in a targeted way, aware of the consequences of food waste. After these hundred pages, you can get an idea of the waste and the economic, environmental, nutritional and social consequences generated by the management of surpluses. So, then all that remains is to do, because “Consuming less, but above all better, is possible, you just need to want it”.
They are not incurable optimists and pursuers of utopias, to say it, but the two curators who both work daily on the food waste at the Faculty of Agriculture of the University of Bologna. Andrea Segrè is full professor of International and Comparative Agricultural Policy, Luca Falasconi is researcher and professor of Agricultural Policy and Rural Development in the same Faculty, together they founded Last Minute Market.
In their book they plumb the problem of food waste starting from what happens in the European context, then going to look at the logic of the market, the environmental impact. In order to change the numbers of the food waste in our country it is then necessary to study the causes and follow the food chain step by step to see where and how to act. Then, finished the book, keep it on the shelf, in case we missed something, and do, in everyday life, and have as many friends as possible read the book. Why it food waste it is a question of crumbs, one does not live on crumbs alone, but crumbs, not wasted, that can make the happiness of many today.
“The Black Book of Waste in Italy: food” can be purchased on Amazon for 10.20 Euros in paper version.
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