Cue the eyeroll.
But we have all been there: sitting at the dinner table pushing around soggy peas and potatoes while feebly negotiating an end to the meal so that everyone can get on with the real dinner-time draw, which is to say dessert!
That’s when those guilt-inducing words hit you.
“Eat your veg! There are starving kids in Africa who would be more than happy to clean that plate for you!”
Perhaps the continent or country was different in your household, but the message was clear: waste not, want not.
Fast forward to present day, and despite the best efforts of moms and dads everywhere, food waste continues to be an outstandingly troublesome problem for the developed and developing worlds.
What’s more, it is not only economically harmful for producers and consumers, but also taking a huge toll on the environment.
Consider that some one-third of all the food produced in the world rots in the field, in transit, or is simply thrown out. This results in an uptick in methane gases being released into the ozone and, in so doing, disrupts natural soil regeneration with the knock-on effect being poor crop yields, increased use of agricultural chemicals, and more processed dinner and dessert items entering the food chain, making us sick, and driving up the cost of healthcare.
All of these ill (sorry for the pun!) consequences are avoidable, of course, and are capable of being contained, slowed, and reversed through legislation with one country in the European Union (EU) leading the way: France.
Though they rely on tax subsidies as well as laws to reduce food waste, the results are difficult to dismiss with some 30,000 sandwiches going to charities around the country each month and food retailers being fined $4,500 for any infraction.
This redistribution and recycling, while laudable, could be rendered obsolete if producers, processors, and distributors invested in smart technology and tracking tools to ensure that the food that gets sent to restaurants and retailers (who are the least wasteful of all those held to account at 14 percent each) is in proper condition.
This is precisely where ParceLive, with its proven track record in monitoring cold chains and alerting drivers to deviations in temperature at the pallet-level can make a difference throughout the delivery process.
Read on to learn more about how you and your team can reduce food waste by adopting simple, smart, affordable, and recyclable trackers from farm to fork!
Making it the law:
As mentioned, and while France is leading the EU with Britain following suit by enacting laws to prevent waste in the middle of the cold chain and logistics delivery supply lines, there are still some eight million people in the United Kingdom that are food insecure.
Of course ParceLive, coupled with the rest of Hanhaa’s B2B and B2C suite of software solutions, is no long-term panacea for those starving kids in Asia or Africa (or Europe, for that matter), but when deployed along an entire cold chain with increasing amounts of responsibility demanded of the producer (who wastes the most food per annum at 32 percent) the results can mean fewer laws and regulations.
What’s more, and in adopting reusable trackers, distributors and processors (with the latter being accountable to some 21 percent of total food waste) can become channel partners and share the good news story with other companies.
Adopting this best practice, then, not only makes good economic sense, but also environmental sense.
Oh, and with any amount of luck, might make mum proud!