Covid provides chance to cut food waste, says Tesco boss

September 25, 2020 EcoVadis ‏‏‎

Firms have a “once-in-a-generation opportunity” to tackle food waste while supply chains have been brought to the forefront due to Covid-19, according to Tesco boss. 

Dave Lewis, CEO of Tesco, called on firms and countries to take action to halve global food waste by 2030 in line with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). 

Writing in The Guardian, Lewis said: “Covid-19 has brought this issue into sharp focus in every country around the world. Governments are thinking about how to make supply chains more resilient and consumers are rethinking the value of food.

“We have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to tackle food waste and, in doing so, help to change the course of the global climate emergency. Companies and countries talk about building back better. Now is the time to put that into action.”

It is estimated that a third of the food produced for human consumption each year is wasted or lost. For fruits and vegetables, around 45% are lost or wasted.

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