Food waste and food shortages across the global supply chain

An article in the International Herald Tribune (Oct 15, 2011) describes waste as a key contributor to food shortages. 33 % of food purchased in the UK is wasted. 40 % of the fruits and vegetables grown in India is wasted. But while waste in the UK is by consumers, waste in India is up in the supply chain due to poor supply chain practices – from transport to cold chains. In addition, diversion of crops to fuel will only heighten the supply demand mismatch. How should choices regarding fuel sources be coordinated with efforts to decrease waste in developed and developing countries? Why do food prices not automatically solve the supply chain problem in india? Will third party logistics providers solve the waste problem in this industry and, if so, how will they be compensated for their efficiency efforts?

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