THE NETHERLANDS, Zwolle. Using the pig again against food waste. That is the commitment of Linda Janssen, chairman of the Producers' Organisation for pig farming (POV). Wasting food is a major problem, worldwide, but also in the Netherlands. Wastage does not fit into a sustainable world, it is a major impact on the climate and, in addition, a huge mountain of waste.
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).