Food-waste is an essential topic of discussion these days, as humanity is facing the issue of feeding an ever-growing population. Consequently, I’d like to write about a critical problem: how the development of the cold-chain can actively reduce the food-waste.
The FAO, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, has estimated that roughly one-third of the food produces in the world for human consumption gets wasted every year.
It means that approximately 1.3 billion tonnes of food will be wasted. Above all, 1.3 billion tonnes of food could feed almost 2 billion people.
We tend to think about it in general household terms of expired products, but studies show that 40% of food waste occurs at the origin, where food is harvested or farmed.
HOW TO REDUCE FOOD – WASTE?
There are different causes of a half – a – billion tonnes of crop waste. But an important reason is the lack of proper refrigeration structures.
The lack of modern cold-chain forces farmers to consume the crops or to abandon it, or to sell it immediately on the local market. If farmers used cold-rooms, they would be able to extend the edible life of their crops. Thanks to that, farmers will then sell it on further markets or to transform it into processed food.
If farmers used cold-rooms, they would be able to extend the edible life of their crops
HOW CAN GLOBE PANELS HELP TO PREVENT FOOD-WASTE?
At Globe Panels, we have many years of experience in providing the best-insulated panels and cold-room doors. Thanks to the flexibility of our export service, we can ship our cold-rooms parts to any part of the world. For example, we are providing the cold-room insulated panels and PVC hygienic profiles to pineapple farmers in Costa Rica. As a result, they will be able to export their fruits to other countries or to process it for the local supermarkets.
When farmers use cold-rooms, they can extend the useful life of their crops. Thanks to that, farmers will then sell it on further markets or to transform it into processed food.