During the 4th Global Green Growth Forum held in Copenhagen, Denmark, the Food Loss and Waste Accounting and Reporting Standard was launched. This new protocol will help map the extent and reasons for food loss and food waste around the globe.
The protocol’s specific guidelines on how each country and company will measure their food waste are still in the works, but the protocol does have three components set in place: modular definitions of food waste, diverse quantification options and flexibility to evolve over time.
AllAfrica has more details on this new protocol:
Four years ago, 27-year-old Tsering Dorji of western Bhutan's Satsam village took to organic vegetable farming. Since then, thanks to composted manure and organic pesticide, the soil health of his farm has improved, and the yield has increased manifold.
Dorji, once a subsistence farmer, now has about 60 bags of surplus food every two months to sell and earn a profit. But come the rainy season and he still loses thousands of rupees carrying his produce to markets that are miles away.
"Vegetables like radish, carrot and cucumber often break and tomatoes get squashed when I transport them. So I have to either sell them for [the deeply discounted price of ] 5-10 rupees a kg or just throw them away. This is very a hard time for me," Dorji told IPS.