Waste in Global Food Supply
The current situation of global food supply chain is described in the following graph. From the information collected on food supply chain, I found out that more than half of the food produced are wasted from the beginning to the end of food supply chain. But every one of us can reduce some of the waste if we all take little actions.
I chose to focus on the retailing and consumption processes of food supply chain, because these processes are related to everyone, and this is the part where we can all make improvement. During retailing and consumption processes, food are wasted due to overstock, excess order, expiration etc. Additionally, many uncommon parts of plants and animals that get thrown away are perfectly edible and nutiricious.
In order to reduce food waste, it is important to learn how to impact their habits. To obtain a deep understanding on why people consider some plants and meat as “useless” or uncommon food materials, I created a set of cards and had conversation with people in various cultural background.
Stereotypes of food materials are formed by many factors. The reasons for impression of edibility and willingness to eat are in the following form.
In the hunting period of human history, organ meats were common in humans’ diet, and were consumed first as speical treat. However, due to the commercialization of meat production, organ meat gradually disappeared in our diet.