食材食物丟棄好浪費，剩食如何處理? 廚餘又如何利用? 2017「循環經濟全球論壇」另一關切的議題是「剩食」!
Fighting to save leftovers: The EPA is promoting leftovers as part of a circular economy
Disposing food is such a wasteful action! How do we handle leftovers and in what ways can we use kitchen waste? One of the key issues of the 2017 Circular Economy Global Forum is “leftovers”.
According to U.N. statistics, close to 40% of food is wasted across the globe. In Taiwan 2016 statistics show that as high as 36,000 tons of food is disposed due to bad appearance, unopened and expired, at a cost of about NTD 3.8 billion annually. This comes from 177 companies in the food and beverage business, convenient stores, hypermarkets and supermarkets, accounting for 110 thousand physical stores in total. This is very remarkable!
In recent years, the “leftovers issue” has become a topic of concern, and many countries, non-governmental organizations and enterprises have strived to “cherish food” by setting up “food banks”, and “leftover restaurants” to reduce food waste and thus reduce CO2 emissions. For kitchen waste, environmental industries use innovative technology to reuse kitchen waste. In addition to promoting organic composting and innovative agriculture, they even use kitchen waste as biomass energy to produce renewable energy.
The 2017 Circular Economy Global Forum has invited speakers from the U.S.A, Estonia, New Zealand, Vietnam, Taiwan, Japan, Korea, Holland and Germany to share information about their “leftover” management and promotion of a circular economy. Taiwan, Japan and Korea use material flow tracking as source management systems to safeguard food safety, which has attracted attention from European and other western countries. Moreover, Holland and Germany promote renewable energy by turning kitchen waste into biomass energy and this has become a key focus for exchanges with Asian countries. In Holland, there is a new business model created by young adults who opened “leftover restaurants” and they aim to win Michelin stars. This action shows there are unlimited business opportunities in “leftovers” and it is a great option to promote a circular economy.
Food is the first necessity of people! Chinese society places an important focus on food and beverage. Taiwan is famous across the world for its delicious food. The EPA stated that it anticipates encouraging the public to “reduce the amount of food and leftovers with unlimited opportunity” through sharing successful cases of leftovers in a circular economy at the 2017 Circular Economy Global Forum. Meanwhile, the EPA is referring to the other countries for “leftovers” management to introduce innovative technology that turns kitchen waste into renewable energy, which is an important direction to promote leftovers in a circular economy.