Lesson 2: Needs and Obstacles

In order to establish a sustainable model for reducing food waste, there are several important factors that need to be examined and addressed. These factors include:

  • raising awareness and understanding about the issue among individuals and businesses on a global scale;
  • developing infrastructure and technology to handle food waste in an eco-friendly manner as much as possible;
  • And offering economic incentives to support the growth and execution of straightforward solutions breakthroughs.

But how can we exemplify these incentives? Generally speaking, they consist of funds, grants, subsidies, and policies & regulations that encourage companies to reduce food waste. Also, effective measures, such as campaigns and outreach programs, are needed to promote behavioural changes in individuals in a bid to combat food waste in a more productive way. Innovative packaging and storage solutions are also great options that can be developed to help curtail food waste at the source.

  • Collaboration & partnerships: If we want to reduce food waste, we need to collaborate and partner; the potential collabs between different stakeholders, governments, businesses, and non-profit organizations. Through establishing these partnerships and sharing best practices to support the development of a sustainable food system, it’s entirely possible to fight food waste.
  • Lack of awareness & understanding: Reducing food waste is not an easy feat. Unfortunately, one of the biggest hurdles is the lack of awareness and knowledge regarding the issue. The gravity of the situation and its negative impacts are often underestimated or not realized, making it hard to implement effective solutions.
  • Resistance to change: Change is not always welcomed; we humans fear to step aside our comfort zones. That’s why resistance to change remains another potential obstacle. Grocery stores and restaurants, for instance, throw away abundant amounts of food, but they may be unwilling to make adjustments despite the significant repercussions of this wasteful practice.
  • Lack of infrastructure & appropriate technology: Insufficient infrastructure and technology also prove to be a challenge. Collecting, transporting, and processing food waste in an eco-friendly way requires particular systems in place, which may not exist or be lacking in resources such as funding and personnel for maintenance.
  • Economic barriers: economic barriers translate to a lack of sustainable models for reducing food waste. Possible solutions may require vast initial investments, and a difficult feat in the present financial climate.
  • Furthermore, the lack of cohesive economic incentives may impede the development and execution of solutions. Successfully resolving these concerns entails a combination of approaches, such as boosting awareness and understanding, education, building infrastructure, and providing economic incentives to create a sustainable and resilient strategy for reducing food waste.