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Food Waste: How Low Can it Go?

The Food Chain delves deep into food waste: a global problem of epic proportions that is costing one in every three of the world's calories.

This week, the Food Chain delves deep into food waste: a global problem of epic proportions that is costing one in every three of the world's calories. In January 2016, France became the very first country to ban supermarkets from destroying or throwing away unsold food. It was all thanks to the vision of one man: Arash Derambarsh. He tells Manuela Saragosa how he did it and why the rest of the world should follow suit. But, when it comes to waste: who is the main culprit along the food chain? And what can be done to turn the tide?
We speak to Kenyan vegetable producers on the challenge of coping with last minute order changes from Supermarkets and review a high-tech solution from South Korea that has seen food waste drop by up to 40%. We ask food giant Nestle what the role of big business should be and a start-up entrepreneur tells us why food waste is a “modern day gold rush”. And what about you and me? Is an attitude problem amongst consumers the biggest hurdle to overcome? We explore consumer psychology from ‘ugly vegetables'’ to convincing the French to use 'doggy bags'.

Image: Leftover food, Credit: Thinkstock

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27 minutes

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Sun 13 Mar 2016 23:32GMT

Contributors

Arash Derambarsh: Municipal councillor Courbevoie, Paris

Robert Van Otterdijk: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

Sajani Mrinalini: Fruit and vegetable exporter, Kenya

Magdi Batato: Executive Board member, Nestlé

Marc Zornes: Co-Founder, Winnow

Tristram Stuart: Campaigner against food waste, London

Steve Evans: BBC Seoul Correspondent

Professor Natascha Loebnitz: Aarhus University

David Chazan: Reporter, Paris

Clips of 'Hugh's War on Waste' programme: courtesy of KEO Films

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  • Sat 12 Mar 2016 08:32GMT
  • Sun 13 Mar 2016 03:32GMT
  • Sun 13 Mar 2016 23:32GMT

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