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Gandhi rightly said, “There are people in the world so hungry, that god cannot appear to them except in the form of bread”

In 1980, food waste accounted for less than 10 % of total waste; today, it makes up well over a fifth of the America’s garbage. In a single year, the USA generates 60 million tons of food waste — up to 40% of all the food we produce. 2 billion people can be fed from the amount of food wasted in America. Up to one third of all food is spoiled or squandered before it is consumed by people.

USA per capita food wastage has progressively increased by over 50% since 1974. At this rate, 40 years from now a pizza ordered will be delivered straight to the nearest dumpster. In 2013, 49.1 million people of U.S. still struggled to put food on the table for a portion of last year.

But there’s another less apparent problem with food waste: the threat to the environment. Landfills full of decomposing food release methane, which is said to be at least 20 times more lethal a greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide. It is an excess in an age where almost a billion people go hungry, and represents a waste of the labor, water, energy, land and other inputs that went into producing that food.

The level of food waste suggests that curbing hunger isn’t a matter of producing more food so much as better preserving and distributing the food currently being produced. Richard Swannell, director of sustainable food systems at WRAP, said businesses could save $154 million in waste prevention.

It is very likely that your supply chain involves many steps & processes, most of which continually repeat as operations progress. These repetitive processes present the perfect opportunity for automation. Seizing automation opportunities can provide instant and long-term benefits; the more steps and procedures you can automate within your supply chain, the less time employees will have to spend ensuring that processes are completed as planned.

How can your organization’s supply chain remain agile and efficient? To learn more about it, read the latest whitepaper from Zycus on how procurement can impact the global food & beverage industry.

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