Food losses and waste in primary production

Data collection in the Nordic countries

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This project has resulted in a suggested definitional and methodological framework for future food waste studies in primary production. It has also resulted in a first attempt to quantify food waste in primary production in the Nordic countries. The project was focused on primary production in the Nordic countries of Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden. One purpose has been to test adequate methods for collecting data on food losses and waste from primary producers in the Nordic countries. Another purpose was to estimate the amount of food losses and waste in primary production in the Nordic Countries. In order to collect data and quantify food losses and waste in primary production it was necessary to work on these definitions or possibly introduce new, more useful terms. Thus this project involved defining terms, developing methodologies and quantifying data.





The importance of reducing food losses and waste has become a major topic at national, international and global levels and is high on the agenda for FAO, OECD and EU. The UN Sustainability Development Goal 12.3 and the EU Circular Economy Package are two recent initiatives towards less wasteful food production and consumption. Food losses and waste include the waste of resources such as water, land use and energy and lead to an unnecessary impact on the environment as well as the unnecessary emissions of greenhouse gases. Food losses and waste are also a food security issue, and in order to feed a growing population our resources need to be used wisely. Last but not least food losses and waste may cause an economic loss for the actors involved, and this may in fact serve as an incentive for reduction.


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