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01 October 2019

Waste Not, Want Not – The Environmental Impact of Food Waste

Posted By: AIB Business
Tin waste bin full to the top with food waste with the lid sitting on top.

We’re all familiar with the experience: opening the fridge door, reaching to the back and pulling out food that has gone to waste. No one likes to waste food. It is a waste of money, a waste of resources used to produce the food but what might not immediately come to mind when we consider food waste, is its impact on the climate.

According to the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization, 30% of food is wasted globally across the supply chain, contributing 8% of total global greenhouse gas emissions.

FoodCloud is an Irish social enterprise whose mission is centered on creating solutions for redistributing surplus food to local communities, reducing both the environmental and social impact of food waste

An Origin Green partner, FoodCloud’s tech-based solution connects individual retail stores with local charities within their community. FoodCloud also rescues, stores and redistributes large volumes and variety of surplus food from the food industry to more than 500 charities and community groups across Ireland through their Hubs in Dublin, Cork, and Galway.

The platform allows businesses to measure their impact in terms of surplus food donations to charities, which helps them track key KPI’s towards achieving their sustainability goals. Since 2013, FoodCloud has supported the redistribution of over 50 million meals to charities which equates to savings of over 72,000 tonnes of Co2 in carbon savings.

In 2018, FoodCloud piloted a gleaning sustainability initiative with the Meade Potato Company to highlight food waste at every step of the supply chain. Gleaning is the act of collecting leftover crops from farmers’ fields after they have been commercially harvested, or on fields where it is not economically profitable to harvest. In 2019, over 70 volunteers from AIB will participate in gleaning on Irish farms.

Food redistribution is a business-friendly, environmentally-sensitive, socially-responsible alternative to wasting good food. With a vision for a world where no good food goes to waste, the FoodCloud team have an ambition to work with every food producer, manufacturer and retailer in Ireland.”  Iseult Ward, FoodCloud CEO

For more details on how you can join the hundreds of companies all over Ireland who are delivering practical and meaningful benefits for charities by donating your surplus stock, please email food@foodcloud.ie.

 

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