JOURNAL OF NATURAL RESOURCES ›› 2017, Vol. 32 ›› Issue (4): 529-538.doi: 10.11849/zrzyxb.20170202

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Reducing Food Loss and Food Waste: Some Personal Reflections

CHENG Sheng-kui1, BAI Jun-fei2, JIN Zhong-hao3, WANG Dong-yang4, LIU Gang5, GAO Si6, 7, BAO Jing-ling8, LI Xiao-ting6, LI Ran9, JIANG Nan-qing10, YAN Wen-jing10, ZHANG Shi-gang10   

  1. 1. Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, CAS, Beijing 100101, China;
    2. College of Economics and Management, China Agricultural University, Beijing 100083, China;
    3. Beijing Represntative Office, World Wide Fund for Nature (Switzerland), Beijing 100037, China;
    4. Institute of Food and Nutrition Development, Ministry of Agriculture, Beijing 100081, China;
    5. SDU Life Cycle Engineering, Department of Chemical Engineering, Biotechnology, and Environmental Technology, University of Southern Denmark, 5230 Odense, Denmark;
    6. School of Economics and Management, Hebei University of Technology, Tianjin 300401, China;
    7. IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute, Stockholm 10031, Sweden;
    8. Tianjin Environmental Protection Bureau, Tianjin 300191, China;
    9. Tianjin Academy of Environmental Sciences, Tianjin 300191, China;
    10. United Nations Environment Programme, Beijing 100600, China
  • Received:2017-03-13 Online:2017-04-20 Published:2017-04-20


Recently, research on food loss and foodwaste and the related environmental impacts has increased globally. Food loss and food waste occur in all aspects of the food supply chain from farm to table. A better understanding of the scales and trends of food loss and food waste is very important for any mitigation strategies. The food waste reflects directly the civilization of a society, and we need to understand the causes and consequences of food waste from multiple perspectives. Addressing food loss and food waste issue requires a wide range of actions from reducing, to promoting a healthy diet culture, learning from international experience, and building intelligent food systems.

Key words: food waste, intelligent food systems, resources and environment

CLC Number: 

  • F426.82