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Jakarta Post

Cities champion efforts to reduce urban food waste

Food waste is increasing viewed as unethical in a world of rising hunger and environmentally destructive, dumped in landfills where it rots, releasing greenhouse gases, while fuel, water, and energy needed to grow, store and carry it is wasted. (Shutterstock/alexmillos)
Pius Sugeng Prasetyo and Ratih Indraswari
Bandung/Seoul   ●   Tue, April 20 2021

Late 2020 marked the commitment of the city of Bandung to step up its fight against urban food waste by joining the Milan Urban Food Policy Pact (MUFPP). Strengthening its role, Bandung, along with Seoul, was elected a member of the MUFPP steering committee representing the Asia Pacific region on March 23.

The decision was very well-timed for several reasons. First, Indonesia is the second-largest food waster globally, with each individual dumping up to 300 kilograms of food per year. The number is staggering, as it ironically highlights inequality, given that food scarcity remains rampant in poverty pockets across the archipelago.

Second, Bandung is the first city in Indonesia, and hence in Southeast Asia, to join this international city-to-city cooperation framework, allowing it to help raise public awareness about the mounting challenges in...

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