Sustainability POV: Pigs can help against food waste
Before food waste can be fed, it will have to be processed in such a way that it does not endanger animal health or food safety. "If the authorities allow food waste to be put to good use, then the pigs have the solution. The pig is one of the few animals that can handle human food waste," says Janssen.
Much of the food produced by agriculture worldwide does not end up on the consumer's plate. A third is lost between harvest and consumption. Approximately 8% of global greenhouse gas emissions are the result of the production of food, which is wasted.
In rich, industrialized countries, including the Netherlands, food waste is by far the greatest. The World Food Organisation (FAO) has calculated that food waste in Europe causes 680 kg of unnecessary CO2 emissions per person. (The production of one kg of pork is accompanied by 5 kg of CO2).