İsmet Aral, Vice President of Istanbul Commodity Exchange (İSTİB), said, “In geographies such as Africa where access to food is difficult, food waste is less, but we can easily say that the rest of the world is similar to our country. In other words, almost half of our garbage is food products.”
Stating that food wastage rates in Turkey resemble the rates in developed countries, Aral said, “Almost half of our garbage is food products, one-third of our plate goes to landfill.”
Evaluating the dimensions of food waste, Aral drew attention to the fact that even prosperous countries do not have projects that can prevent food waste with great success.
Reminding that the world’s need for food will increase by 50 percent till 2050, Aral added, “So if we cannot prevent food waste today, we will learn the importance of food with scarcity. This will be a very painful price. Our only goal is to prevent this.”
“We believe that food waste can be prevented and we will leave a world of abundance and fertility to our grandchildren”, Aral concluded…