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Shocking levels of food waste in Kenya caused by standard practices of European and UK retailers - FOOD WASTE FEAST AT TEDX NAIROBI (2014 event)

Shocking levels of food waste in Kenya caused by standard practices of European and UK retailers - FOOD WASTE FEAST AT TEDX NAIROBI (2014 event) | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it

The Feedback team has uncovered shocking levels of food waste in Kenya caused by standard practices of European and UK retailers. Farmers are faced with overly restrictive cosmetic standards on the appearance of produce and have orders cancelled at the last minute and often after the produce has been flown in to Europe. Many small farmers end up bearing the financial cost of these practices, suffering significant hardship as a result.

The Organic Stream's insight:

"As the retailers do not pay for any of the costs of this waste, they have little incentive to reduce it, and farmers are forced to cover the cost of the fertilizer, agricultural inputs and labour for large harvests they cannot sell. One Kenyan farmer called this ‘psychological torture’ for the farm workers."


As much as we concentrate on food waste in the home, it is just as vital to consider pre-consumer wastage when talking about making a real impact. Unfair trading practices (in this instance European practices) play a massive role in the food waste crisis, and no substantial progress can be made without addressing these issues.

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E-Waste Conference in Kenya Told of Health Hazards & Recycling Opportunities

E-Waste Conference in Kenya Told of Health Hazards & Recycling Opportunities | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it

"“Sustainable management of e-waste can combat poverty and generate green jobs through recycling, collection and processing of e-waste, and safeguard the environment and human health from the hazards posed by rising levels of waste electronics,” said the UN under-secretary-general and executive director of UNEP, Achim Steiner."

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