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IFT Releases Food Loss and Waste Whitepaper Aimed at Improving Global Food and Nutrition Security




CHICAGO – May 30, 2023 – The Institute of Food Technologists (IFT), a nonprofit scientific organization committed to advancing the science of food and its application across the global food system, has released a whitepaper that examines global food insecurity and how to address one of the world’s biggest food challenges – food loss. Upcycled Foods, Inc. CEO Daniel Kurzrock served as an expert contributor to the the panel.


Food Science and Technology Solutions to Improve Food and Nutrition Security: Reducing Food Loss and Valorizing Food Processing Side Streams is the result of a virtual roundtable discussion by IFT’s Food & Nutrition Security Steering Committee (FNSSC) that outlined the challenges, solutions, and opportunities in reducing food loss in the middle segment of the value chain, investing in valorization of food processing side streams, and bringing the science of food into efforts aimed at mitigating food loss and waste.


“The numbers are staggering. Approximately one-third of food globally is never consumed, contributing to over one billion tons of food wasted each year while costing the global economy approximately one trillion dollars annually. Food loss and waste truly is one our greatest environmental, societal, and economic problems,” said IFT Chief Science and Technology Officer Bryan Hitchcock. “This whitepaper is not only a valuable resource toward addressing the food loss and waste crisis, but it’s a call to action to the food and technology community to unite behind science to help ensure global food security.”


Some of the challenges the global food community must address and overcome as outlined in the whitepaper are a lack of measurement and target setting, food safety concerns, consumer acceptance and awareness, technological feasibility and scalability, communication and collaboration across the value chain, and limited policy and investment.


“To mitigate food loss, there must be more support for research and innovation in food science, technology solutions for developing new products from food processing side streams, as well as an increase in the technology available to preserve food,” added Anna Rosales, IFT’s Senior Director of Government Affairs and Nutrition. “Strengthening coordinated efforts among public and private sectors, allocating resources dedicated to food science and technology solutions, and legislative action are also necessary to reducing food loss and waste while feeding the world.”


To download the whitepaper, click here.


Food loss and waste will be a hot topic at this year’s IFT FIRST: Annual Event and Expo, being held July 16-19 at McCormick Place in Chicago. One of the featured sessions will focus on reimagining food waste to put the ‘p’ in profit and loss, which will examine the hottest product innovation ideas capitalizing on upcycled food waste or by-products.


About Institute of Food Technologists
The Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) is a global organization of approximately 12,000 individual members from more than 100 countries committed to advancing the science of food. Since 1939, IFT has brought together the brightest minds in food science, technology and related professions from academia, government, and industry to solve the world’s greatest food challenges. IFT works to ensure that its members have the resources they need to learn, grow, and advance the science of food as the population and the world evolve. IFT believes that science is essential to ensuring a global food supply that is sustainable, safe, nutritious, and accessible to all. For more information, please visit


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