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Governments Urged to Halve Food Waste and Loss by 2030

Governments Urged to Halve Food Waste and Loss by 2030

During a conference, an international panel of experts backed by Pope Francis called food waste and loss “morally, economically and environmentally unacceptable.”

During a two-day conference at the Pontifical Academy of Sciences in Vatican City, an international panel of experts backed by Pope Francis urged governments to commit to halving food waste and loss by 2030. The panel referred to food waste and loss as “morally, economically and environmentally unacceptable,” according to a Reuters report.

This goal builds upon the Vatican's waste reduction efforts announced earlier this year.

In order to achieve this food waste reduction goal, governments are encouraged to ramp up education and behavior change efforts and create alliances with other governments, businesses, environmental groups and religious groups.

Reuters has more information:

An international panel of experts backed by Pope Francis appealed to governments on Tuesday to commit to halving food waste and loss by 2030, saying it was morally, economically and environmentally unacceptable.

The appeal came at the end of a two-day conference at the Pontifical Academy of Sciences attended by more than 50 scientists, academics, economists, corporate leaders and United Nations officials from 24 countries.

“We call on our leaders, and on all of us, for deepened commitment to action toward halving food loss and waste by 2030 — an achievable goal based on existing knowledge and technology,” a statement said.

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