Tackling wastage

Overhaul in food supply chain needed, says study

A new study has found that one-fifth of total food in Singapore is lost and wasted in the food supply chain.
A new study has found that one-fifth of total food in Singapore is lost and wasted in the food supply chain.PHOTO: LIANHE WANBAO

Donating surplus food, making useful by-products among ideas to cut waste

Reducing food waste requires an overhaul in the food supply chain, with surpluses donated or sold at a discount, or having food that may otherwise end up in bins reintroduced as useful by-products, a new study suggested.

The study by the non-profit Singapore Environment Council (SEC) and consultancy firm Deloitte Singapore found that a "circular economy for food" is one way for Singapore to cut its food waste - a problem that is estimated to cost the Republic $2.54 billion worth of food annually.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 28, 2019, with the headline 'Overhaul in food supply chain needed, says study'. Print Edition | Subscribe