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GTAP Resource #6338

"Impact of food waste and loss reduction on sustainability targets"
by Boysen-Urban, Kirsten, George Philippidis, Robert M'barek and Emanuele Ferrari

With increasing global food demand and growing pressure on our natural biophysical planetary boundaries, policy makers agreed on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) to be achieved in 2030 to foster sustainable global development. One of the SDG objectives aims at reducing food waste and loss by 50% at the global level which could contribute to achieving a more sustainable food system. As we have observed globally a change in countries’ commitments to multilateral agreements and strategies in recent years, our objective is to investigate the contribution to sustainable development one global player (e.g., the EU) could make in the absence of global commitments and strategies.

Therefore, this study assesses the impact of food waste and loss reductions on economic, social and environmental market indicators and the resulting trade-offs, for a selection of regions across the world. In doing so this study aims at analysing the impact of a global food waste loss reduction strategy versus an EU-only strategy by particularly shedding light on the impact on virtual trade and related leakages of e.g., greenhouse gas emissions and land use changes.

For this purpose, a recursive dynamic Computable General Equilibrium is employed which includes numerous additional biobased activities splits such as waste and recycling to facilitate the analysis of the circular impact of food waste and loss reductions.

Resource Details (Export Citation) GTAP Keywords
Category: 2021 Conference Paper
Status: Not published
By/In: Presented during the 24th Annual Conference on Global Economic Analysis (Virtual Conference)
Date: 2021
Created: Boysen-Urban, K. (4/15/2021)
Updated: Boysen-Urban, K. (5/28/2021)
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- Climate impacts
- Land use
- Trade and the environment
- Water availability
- Food prices and food security
- European Union

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