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What’s Food Loss and Waste Got to Do with Sustainable Development? A Lot, Actually.


More than 150 world leaders will meet in New York this weekend to adopt the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a set of global targets intended to end extreme poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and curb climate change. The SDGs will help set the global development agenda for the next 15 years, focusing attention on the opportunities that will allow for more a sustainable future. One such priority included is reducing global food waste. Specifically, SDG Target 12.3 will call for the world to cut per capita food waste in half by 2030. If met, this ambitious target will not only boost food security, but also improve livelihoods, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and save land and water. In short, curbing food waste is both a goal in itself and a means of achieving other SDGs.

Resource Type
Blog Post
World Resources Institute
Resource URL
September 23, 2015
Organization Type
Health and Human Impact
Food security
Climate and Environmental Impact
Emission Source
Sustainable agriculture/local food systems

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