In August the Creator Space™ Tour, part of the BASF anniversary program, stopped in São Paulo, Brazil. BASF hosted a week-long program to address one of the world’s most pressing future challenges: how to reduce food waste and crop losses.
Each year, roughly one third of the food produced for human consumption gets lost or wasted globally – this amounts to about 1.3 billion metric tons. To identify sustainable and innovative solutions to tackle this challenge, thought leaders, scientists, industry experts, students and citizens participated in the Creator Space tour stop in São Paulo.
It is projected that by the year 2050, more than nine billion people will live on our planet. By then, agricultural production will need to increase by 70% to feed the world’s population. The reduction of food waste and crop losses is one important means to meet this challenge.
In 2014 Brazil was removed from the world hunger map. In fact, Brazil is now the world’s second largest food producer and plays a core role in supplying food to other continents with chronic food supply issues, such as Africa and Asia. In spite of this, Brazil is among the ten countries that waste the most food in the world, with a loss and waste rate of 30 percent and 50 percent, respectively.
The week-long event in São Paulo included a variety of co-creation activities and workshops that were also open to the public on the last day. The participants worked on solutions on how to avoid food losses and waste in the production, transportation and also in everyday life.
About 70 experts participated at the Creator Space Summit, a two-day expert summit with different workshops. They focused on solutions for logistical challenges related to the transportation of fruit and vegetables as well as on raising awareness for food consumption and waste in durum wheat production.
The Zero Waste Contest was also part of the Creator Space Tour in São Paulo. BASF employees from South America came together to create solutions for the use and re-use of materials to reduce waste disposal in the company’s manufacturing units. The three best ideas were awarded during the Creator Space tour.