It is estimated that food waste makes up around 30-40% of the entire food supply in the USA. This means that almost one-third of the food produced every single day does not reach our plates. That is the equivalent of 40 million tons of waste per year or approximately 260 thousand Statues of Liberty to put this into perspective. These figures are truly redundant, especially considering that approximately one out of ten Americans does not have enough food to eat (approx. 30 million people). Furthermore, if we look at the statistics worldwide, the situation seems even worse as around 800 million people suffer from starvation and almost 1.3 billion tons of food are wasted every year. This also has an astonishingly high impact on the world economy as the value of this excess is roughly $1 trillion.
One of the reasons why food waste is such a huge problem is that it can occur throughout the whole production process, in each of its stages:
– Agricultural production: losses due to spillage, poor crop harvest, animal disease, production of “ugly food “, perfectly edible food that does not meet the cosmetic standards of its market.
– Post-harvest handling and storage: inappropriate transportation and storage facilities can cause food to become damaged or spoiled due to poor preservation.
– Processing: spillage during washing, peeling, slicing, and slaughtering of meat.
– Distribution: food that is never sold for a variety of different reason
– Consumption: food wasted by individuals at a household level, often a result of buying more than needed.
So how does Xnext® contribute to the fight against world hunger? Our inspection systems are able to reduce the risk of food waste through prevention; detecting any form of high and low-density foreign bodies along the whole production line to ensure the Quality and Safety of the final product. A widely spread use of inspection technologies such as XSpectra® would most certainly guarantee a decrease in food waste, meaning food supplies would become more efficient, allowing food to reach more people, effectively cutting down on the incredibly high number of people who still do not have regular access to one of the most basic human rights.