United Nations Environment Programme
The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is an international institution (a programme, rather than an agency of the UN) that coordinates United Nations environmental activities, assisting developing countries in implementing environmentally sound policies and practices. It was founded as a result of the United Nations Conference on the Human Environment in June 1972 and has its headquarters in the Gigiri neighborhood of Nairobi, Kenya. Its activities cover a wide range of issues regarding the atmosphere, marine and terrestrial ecosystems, environmental governance and green economy.
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
Achieving food security for all is at the heart of FAO's efforts - to make sure people have regular access to enough high-quality food to lead active, healthy lives.FAO's mandate is to raise levels of nutrition, improve agricultural productivity, better the lives of rural populations and contribute to the growth of the world economy.
Messe Düsseldorf Group
With an average annual turnover of about EUR 350 million, the Messe Düsseldorf Group is one of the world’s most successful trade fair companies. On 263,000 square metres of exhibition space in 19 halls, 27,000 exhibitors present their products to 1.5 million visitors at its home base in Düsseldorf each year.
With more than 40 trade fairs staged at the Düsseldorf venue, including 23 world No. 1 events, in its five areas of expertise – machinery, plant and equipment; retail, skilled trades and services; medical systems and healthcare; fashion and lifestyle; leisure – and roughly 120 proprietary and partner events abroad, the Messe Düsseldorf Group is one of the leading export platforms worldwide. At the same time Messe Düsseldorf GmbH ranks No. 1 in terms of internationality at capital goods fairs: more than 60 per cent of the exhibitors and more than 40 per cent of the visitors come to Düsseldorf from abroad, and customers from a total of 151 countries attend trade fairs in Düsseldorf.
Sales bases in 127 countries (68 foreign representative offices) and competence centres in 9 countries form the Group's global network. On an annual average, the enterprise employs a workforce of 1,400 people operating around the world to serve its customers.
The SAVE FOOD Initiative
The SAVE FOOD initiative is a joint campaign instituted by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and Messe Düsseldorf GmbH to fight global food loss. SAVE FOOD aims at networking stakeholders in industry, politics and research, encouraging dialogue and helping to develop solutions along the food value chain. One of its aims is to enlist the support of industry in initiating and sponsoring its own SAVE FOOD projects. The 2nd edition of the international SAVE FOOD conference along with an exhibition will take place in May 2014 during interpack in Düsseldorf. Further details can be found at www.save-food.org.
Feeding the 5000:
Feeding the 5000 is the flagship event of a global food waste campaign founded by Tristram Stuart, prize-winning author of Waste: Uncovering the Global Food Scandal (Penguin/Norton, 2009). The first Feeding the 5000 event was organised in Trafalgar Square in December 2009 where 5000 people were provided with free hot curries, tonnes of fresh groceries and thousands of smoothies – all made from food that otherwise would have been wasted, such as cosmetically imperfect fruit and vegetables that fail to meet the strict cosmetic standards of supermarkets.
Established as a not-for-profit company in 2000, WRAP is backed by government funding from Defra (Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs), Scottish Government, the Welsh Government, the Northern Ireland Executive, and the European Union. WRAP UK helps people recycle more and waste less, both at home and at work, and offers economic as well as environmental benefits.
The Zero Hunger Challenge
The Zero Hunger Challenge is the UN's Secretary General's Zero Hunger initiative aims to eliminate hunger. The initiative encourages participation of a range of organizations, social movements and people around a common vision. It promotes effective strategies, more investments and increased development cooperation, in line with existing national and international agreements.
Stop Wasting Food
Stop Wasting Food is Denmark's largest movement of private consumers against food waste - a non-profit NGO, created by the consumers for the consumers. The movement is founded to raise public awareness about food waste through campaigns, publicity, press, discussions, debate, events and other information channels - and to equip consumers to minimize food waste. Stop Wasting Food also inspires consumers to act locally, for example by donating edible surplus food to shelters for homeless people.
Founded in Sydney, November 2004, OzHarvest is a non-denominational charity that rescues excess food which would otherwise be discarded. This excess food is distributed to charities supporting the vulnerable in Sydney, Newcastle, Adelaide and Brisbane.
Food waste prevention is a key strategy in reducing the environmental impacts of the food supply chain and ensuring the world’s food security in the coming decades. FUSIONS, a four-year EU FP7 research project, is working toward a 50% reduction of the food waste generated in the EU and a 20% reduction in food chain resource inputs, by 2020. The project, driven by 21 research partners from across the EU, brings together academics, knowledge institutes, consumer organisations and businesses towards this aim. It seeks to reduce food waste by harmonising quantification methodologies, developing powerful stakeholder networks, demonstrating solutions through social innovation in pilot studies, and developing policy guidelines for a Common EU Food Waste policy.
NRDC is the most effective environmental action group in the United States, combining the grassroots power of 1.3 million members and online activists with more than 350 of the best minds in law, science and advocacy. Together, NRDC works to protect people, the places they live, and the natural resources on which we all depend. NRDC authored a report entitled Wasted: How America is Losing Up to 40% of its Food from Farm to Fork to Landfill, which sparked a national dialogue about food waste. NRDC leads several efforts across the U.S. to prevent and reduce food waste through alliances with businesses and other nonprofit organizations.
Since its debut in Turin in 1998, CinemAmbiente – Environmental Film Festival has presented outstanding environmental films in a year-round program of initiatives that promote cinema and green awareness. Founded and directed by Gaetano Capizzi, the Festival has been jointly organized with the National Museum of Cinema – Maria Adriana Prolo Foundation since 2006. CinemAmbiente is a member of the Environmental Film Festival Network (EFFN) which unites major international environmental film festivals under its Green Network project.
The CinemAmbiente program features over selected 100 films screened in the national and international competition categories, as well as in the special categories Panorama, Focus, Retrospectives, and Ecokids. Besides film presentations, the program includes debates, meetings with the authors, exhibitions, book presentations, theater and concerts, and events in and around Turin.
World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF)
WWF's mission is to stop the degradation of our planet's natural environment, and build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature.
In order to achieve this mission, WWF focuses its efforts on two broad areas:
The first, is to ensure that the earth's web of life - biodiversity - stays healthy and vibrant for generations to come. We are strategically focusing on conserving critical places and critical species that are particularly important for the conservation of our earth's rich biodiversity.
The second, is to reduce the negative impacts of human activity - our ecological footprint. We are working to ensure that the natural resources required for life -land, water, air - are managed sustainably and equitably.
Food Shift works to identify the systemic and structural challenges that are leading to wasted food. We then design and implement strategic interventions that will more effectively and efficiently ensure edible food is kept out of the waste stream, focusing in areas we believe have the greatest potential for large-scale replication and sustainability. We ultimately believe that creating a professional food recovery service sector is necessary in order to sustainably redirect surplus edible food from the landfill to people in need.
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Food Shift’s visions and work was recently featured on Grist.