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International Day of Awareness of Food Loss and Waste

Think. Eat. Save.


The UN General Assembly, on 19 December 2019, designated 29 September as the International Day of Awareness of Food Loss and Waste established by FAO and the United Nations.

Globally, around 14 per cent of food produced is lost between harvest and retail, while an estimated 17 per cent of total global food production is wasted 

Our food systems cannot be resilient if they are not sustainable. With nine years left to reach SDG goal 12, target 12.3; there is an urgent need to accelerate action to reduce food loss and waste. 



Our friends at S.Pellegrino and Fine Dining Lovers have joined in the Call to Act to help save food from waste. 
Share your insights and challenges in this quick survey.



To celebrate and raise awareness, our partner UNEP will be looking for your
inspiring Kitchen Memories to share on social media that can help get others
to take action and make better choices for our environment and food system.

By sharing "Kitchen Memories" from our Family and our Refettorios we invite people to share memories, tips and ideas from their kitchen that help promote and take actions of sustainability for the health of the planet and well-being of people.

THINK. Wasting food is often a subconscious act. You might think it's not something you do, but check out these facts and you'll realise there's so much food going to waste, some of it might actually be coming from you!

EAT. Take inspiration from our recipes, follow the tips from our chefs and share your kitchen memories with us. 


SAVE. Help us achieve SDG's Goal #12.3, commit to an Act of Change and Love for people and the planet and inspire others around you to do the same!

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Kitchen Memories

Think. Eat. Save.

Think.Eat.Save, is a partnership between UNEP and FAO contributing to the Sustainable Food Systems Programme of the One Planet Network, to raise awareness of global and local food waste and how to reduce its impact.

We hope to be a place of inspiration, where you can Learn, Share, and Act, starting in the kitchen - cooking with love, for people and the planet.

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  • What is Biodiversity?
    Biodiversity refers to the variety of living species on Earth, including plants, animals, bacteria, and fungi. Healthy ecosystems, rich with biodiversity, are fundamental to human existence.Ecosystems sustain human life in a myriad of ways, cleaning our air, purifying our water, ensuring the availability of nutritious foods, nature-based medicines and raw materials, and reducing the occurrence of disasters. While Earth’s biodiversity is so rich that many species have yet to be discovered, many species are being threatened with extinction due to human activities, putting the Earth’s magnificent biodiversity at risk. Read More Biodiversity for food and agriculture (BFA) is, in turn, the subset of biodiversity - that contributes in one way or another to agriculture and food production. It includes the domesticated plants and animals that are part of crop, livestock, forest or aquaculture systems, harvested forest and aquatic species, the wild relatives of domesticated species, and other wild species harvested for food and other products. FAO Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture. Download the Full Report
  • Why is Biodiversity important?
    Biodiversity is important to most aspects of our human lives providing food, fuel, shelter, and medicine. It also offers spiritual, religious and cultural value offering deeper understanding of the interconnectedness of earth. Biodiversity also plays a fundamental role sustaining our ecosystems by providing crucial services such as pollination, seed dispersal, climate regulation, water purification, nutrient cycling, and control of agricultural pests. While we still have much to learn about the benefits of biodiversity, humans continue to put extensive pressure on nature through overproduction, deforestation, plastic pollution and greenhouse emissions. Read More
  • How does food waste harm biodiversity?
    About 1.3 billion tons of food are wasted each year—four times the amount needed to feed the more than 800+ million people who are malnourished. It’s time to reconsider food. Around the globe, food production, distribution, management and waste threaten wildlife, wild places and the planet itself. Today, 7.3 billion people consume 1.6 times what the earth’s natural resources can supply. By 2050, the world’s population will reach 9 billion and the demand for food will double. So how do we produce more food for more people without expanding the land and water already in use? We can’t double the amount of food. Fortunately we don’t have to, we have to double the amount of food available instead. In short, we must freeze the footprint of food. Read More Watch - To Change the Way You Think About Food!
  • How can we ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns?
    Worldwide material consumption has expanded rapidly, as has material footprint per capita, seriously jeopardizing the achievement of Sustainable Development Goal 12 and the Goals more broadly. Urgent action is needed to ensure that current material needs do not lead to the overextraction of resources or to the degradation of environmental resources, and should include policies that improve resource efficiency, reduce waste and mainstream sustainability practices across all sectors of the economy. Read more.
  • How is food waste linked to zoonotic diseases like COVID-19?
    It may not seem obvious, but the issue of food waste is linked to zoonotic diseases—meaning diseases that jump from animal to human—such as COVID-19. Agriculture is a major driver of human expansion into natural ecosystems, which, as the head of the United Nations Environment Programme, Inger Andersen, explained in a recent interview with The Guardian, can mean trouble. “Our continued erosion of wild spaces, of our primary forests and our ecosystems, have brought us uncomfortably close to reservoir hosts—animals and plants that harbour diseases that can jump to humans,” she says. “As we continue our relentless move into natural habitats, contact between humans and reservoir hosts increases—all of which increases the likelihood of interaction between vectors and humans.” Learn more.
  • Why are bees important?
    Bees and other pollinators, such as butterflies, bats and hummingbirds, are increasingly under threat from human activities. Pollination is a fundamental process for the survival of our ecosystems. Nearly 90% of the world’s wild flowering plant species depend, entirely, or at least in part, on animal pollination, along with more than 75% of the world’s food crops and 35% of global agricultural land. Not only do pollinators contribute directly to food security, but they are key to conserving biodiversity. To raise awareness of the importance of pollinators, the threats they face and their contribution to sustainable development, the UN designated 20 May as World Bee Day. The goal is to strengthen measures aimed at protecting bees and other pollinators, which would significantly contribute to solving problems related to the global food supply and eliminate hunger in developing countries. Watch the video and BEE ENGAGED We all depend on pollinators and it is, therefore, crucial to monitor their decline and halt the loss of biodiversity. Learn More

1. Think 


2. Eat.

Long before banana breads made it to the top of social media’ hit lists during the lockdown, someone else was running their kitchens with very little waste: our grandparents. They were ingenious in the way they were using ingredients and making their meal plans.

Passatelli in broth

by Massimo Bottura

“One of my favorite recipes made with leftover ingredients is Passatelli, one that anyone can easily replicate at home. It comes from 'Cucina Povera', the tradition of making great food with simple and available ingredients without wasting anything. And that’s how breadcrumbs, eggs and Parmesan cheese can be turned into a soul-warming bowl of noodles in broth. Breadcrumbs are the epitome of the 'waste not, want not' food ethic.

My grandmother Ancella used to do this recipe for my family. I learnt from her and now I love making it for my family. Her recipe has been passed down from generation to generation in my family. The recipe is so easy and children friendly, that’s why I encourage everyone to spend time with their family or loved ones and get messy together!”

Passatelli by Massimo Bottura

Here are some examples of tips and recipes from our Refettorios:

3. Save.

Action 1:  Take Action #KitchenMemories 

Download Food for Soul “Tips in the Kitchen” in partnership with 

Action 2:  Join the Global Movement

Help us achieve SDG's Goal #12.3, commit to an Act of Change and Love for people and the planet and inspire others around you to do the same!

  1. Put your chef's hat on, take inspShare, share, share! Post your creations on social media using the hashtag #CookingIsAnActOfLove and #KitchenMemories  or tagging Food for Soul, invite your friends and loved ones to submit their own recipes and help us spread the love.

  2. Submit your recipe with a picture and the story behind it, tell us why Cooking is an Act of Love for you, and we will share it here for everyone to enjoy it.

  3. Share, share, share! Post your creations on social media using the hashtag #CookingIsAnActOfLove or tagging Food for Soul, invite your friends and loved ones to submit their own recipes and help us spread the love.



Action 3:  Get Involved 

  • Take inspiration from Massimo Bottura's Passatelli in broth or from the many recipes from Bread is Gold and become a more conscious consumer and cook.



  • Become a volunteer 

  • Donate 



Share with us your Kitchen Memories and tell us about your act of love for people and the planet. 

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