The avoidance of food waste has received growing interests recently. For example, the second goal of Sustainable Development Goals aims to end hunger, achieve food security, improve nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture. It might be difficult to achieve this goal without focusing first on managing food more effectively and food disposal in a sustainable manner. Also, there is a need for raising awareness and setting the right legislations to achieve this goal and to reduce food waste and end hunger as well.
In several occasions, the topic of food waste has been introduced to the Saudi Shoura Council meetings, and it was initially introduced in 2015. The Shoura Council members have discussed at the beginning of this year the food waste issue in Saudi and suggested setting a legislation that limits and stop this issue from growing. This potential law aims to limit and reduce the amount of wasted food, and at the same time, it aims to punish individuals and businesses who waste food. However, there is no legal action has been taken yet to limit this issue.
The issue of food waste can be tackled by adopting the following recommendations:
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About Hadeel Banjar
Hadeel Banjar is an environmentalist, author, and a researcher. Banjar educational backgrounds include an M.A. in Global Leadership and Sustainable Development from Hawaii Pacific University, United States & a B.S. in Biology from Umm Al-Qura University, Makkah, Saudi Arabia with a Minor Degree in Education. Miss Banjar has worked as an Environmental Research Assistant at the Gulf Research Center, where she worked on various topics such as Sustainable Development Goals, Sustainability Issues, Green Cities, food and water security, Desertification, Environment and GCC economy, and Green Policies.