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Article | September 12, 2013
Pack Expo session to address food waste
Among the sessions at the Food Safety Summit Resource Center during Pack Expo Las Vegas will be one aimed at challenging packaging industry leaders to step up their contribution to ending food waste.
The Sept. 23 session at 12:30 p.m will be delivered by DuPont Packaging Leader Yasmin Siddiqi. Every year, nearly one-third of the food produced in the world for human consumption is lost or wasted, according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). At the same time, with global population expected to grow to 9 billion people by 2050, the FAO also reports global food production must be 70 percent greater than today’s level. “Waste compounds are an already unmanageable issue,” says Siddiqi, DuPont Packaging & Industrial Polymers global marketing director. “Food safety and security must be the top packaging priority.” Siddiqi’s talk, “Factors impacting food security,” will center on the Global Food Security Index. Developed by the Economist Intelligence Unit and commissioned by DuPont, the index measures the drivers of food security in 107 countries. Food waste, which has an impact on food availability, is a key indicator in the Global Food Security Index. “The tool is designed to promote conversation and collaboration, and to generate insights and stimulate action,” says Siddiqi. “Only by working together can we feed a growing population.”Packaging is known to protect food from transit through consumption, preserve food for a longer shelf life, and enable single-serving meals that reduce consumer waste. “There is more we can do,” says Siddiqi, “and making this issue the top priority is the first step toward tapping our collective creativity.”
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