In his speech at the meeting, Minister of Agriculture and Forestry Bekir Pakdemirli emphasized that while food was thrown on the one side of the world, and on the other side, people did not know whether they would survive the next day due to hunger. We aim to be a role model to the world in this regard with the "Protect Your Food and Protect Your Table Project".
Underlining that the food supply chain covers all processes from the field to the table, Pakdemirli said “According to the latest research of FAO, 14% of the food produced from the field to the retail is lost. On the other hand, food waste is encountered during the sales, ie retail and consumption stages. Food waste is 1/3 in the sales and consumption phase. Also, I attach great importance to food-literacy. 65% of the society do not know the difference between the expiry date of the food and the recommended consumption date. Therefore, conscious individuals, with the conscious society principle, must first stop wasting food in our homes by changing our individual habits, and each of us must be good food literate. "
Referring to the loss and waste of food in our country, Pakdemirli ”We see that 4,9 million bread is wasted daily. 50% of the vegetables and fruits produced are lost. In the service sector, 4,2 tons of food and 2.000 liters of drink are wasted per year. In other words, 18,8 million tons of food goes to waste every year in our country. This corresponds to the amount of garbage carried by approximately 625 thousand garbage trucks. Therefore, we need to produce efficient solutions throughout the entire food chain to reduce the amount of waste food. ”
Bekir Pakdemirli, Preserve the Food, Presented the Table to Protect Your Table “Cano” also introduced at the press conference.
Emphasizing that Cano will be with us throughout this campaign, Minister Pakdemirli said, “You will be able to see him everywhere. He will say that he will order in the restaurant as much as you need, sometimes we will see it in the markets, he will ask you if you planned his shopping at home, sometimes he will remind us of our campaign in the dining hall of the place where we work. ”
Expressing that they have also prepared good application guides for food businesses, Pakdemirli said, “As long as the environment allows, we will strengthen our capacity with workshops and learn not to waste our resources. We will also have a Food Preserve Kitchen in our campaign. With our campaign, we aimed to raise awareness and encourage participation through our effectively managed website and social media accounts.”
Saying that the real owner of the campaign is every segment and individual of the society, Pakdemirli said, “Because if we stop sending Food Loss and Waste in our country to some extent, that is, about 2% of the food, it means 10 billion lira, that is, the minimum living figure of 360 thousand families. If we manage to make this rate 1%, it means 5 billion liras. This again corresponds to the minimum subsistence figure of 25 thousand families for 900 year. In short, the economic dimension of this loss is also quite high. In this context, we expect all stakeholders to support awareness raising activities throughout the campaign. ”