15 Aug 2019

Technology allows corporations to see how food is wasted, and how they can prevent it in the future

One third of the food produced worldwide goes to waste each year, and in order to reduce that amount it's not simply a matter of looking at where food is wasted but also how to avoid wasting it in the future.

Tech solutions are allowing kitchens to take a data-driven approach to food waste management, to help them learn where food is being wasted and allowing them to analyse how to avoid wasting it in the future.

One example of one of these solutions, Leanpath, offers a measurement system that connects a touch-screen interface to scales and cameras, allowing kitchen staff to understand what’s wasted and why in real time. All data collected are fed to Leanpath Online, the back-end platform that uses cloud-based analytics to guide the staff on how to cut costs and prevent waste in the future.

Business addressing food waste is important, says Liz Goodwin, Senior Fellow and Director, Food Loss and Waste, World Resources Institute, as not only is it the right thing to do but it allows businesses to act as role models for households, who are the biggest producers of food waste.

"Businesses are starting to mobilise and we’re starting to see momentum, but there’s not enough being done," Goodwin said. "We need far more and we need far faster activity."

Liz Goodwin will be taking part in a panel debate focusing on how we can eliminate waste at all stages of the food system as part of the Food Matters Summit stream The Food Revolution: feeding 10 billion people sustainably. Find out more about the Food Matters Summit, the first high-level gathering of its kind in London here