To combat the global food waste crisis, the supply chain must look towards adopting a digitalized approach.
Dr Felix Flemming from TOMRA Food, has investigated why a digital transformation can help reduce food waste and loss.
The scale of the global food waste problem is staggering. According to reports, 1.6 billion tons of food are lost or wasted every year, equating to a total value of $1.2 trillion being wiped from the supply chain. With one-third of the total amount of food produced globally being misused, the industry needs to look towards innovation and digitalization to combat this ever-growing trend.
Through embracing technology and digitalizing the food supply chain, a move can be made towards reducing the amount of food waste and loss within the industry. Not only that, but it can also help ensure there’s enough resource to sustainably support the future global population.
With the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals setting a target of halving food loss and waste by 2030, I’ve looked at how the digitalization of the supply chain could help decrease global food waste.
Main topics of investigation:
The need for innovation to reduce waste
Utilizing IoT in the supply chain
Using innovation to improve current infrastructure
Going digital to fight food waste