The Sustainability Transition Food Waste Lab
The food industry and sustainability
The food industry has significant environmental, social and health impacts on our lives. However, food regulation in Israel is not bound under a central body, and crucial aspects such as food security and healthy nutrition are overlooked. This is despite the fact that Israel is rated second within the OECD countries in quantities of food waste per year.
Food waste in the world
Nowadays, food waste is drawing attention worldwide. According to the World Resources Institute, food waste is a significant source of greenhouse gas emissions. In 2015, the United Nations adopted the Sustainable Development Goals 2030. One of the goals is to cut global food waste in half by 2030.
Food Waste in Israel
According to Leket Israel’s report, 2.4 million tons of food is wasted annually in Israel, of which 50% is edible and can be salvaged. Moreover, an average Israeli family throws away NIS 8,088 worth of food per annum, while 300 thousand families suffer from food insecurity. The need for strategic and systemic change initiated the creation of Sustainability Transition Lab to Reduce Food Waste in Israel.
The Sustainability Transition Lab
The Lab's model, first of its kind in Israel, creates systemic changes by collaborations of diverse stakeholders who together find breakthrough solutions.
The partnership of the Lab engages over 40 organizations, including governmental ministries, local municipalities, food producers, retailers, the IDF, academic institutions and other professional bodies.