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2019 THE STATE OF FOOD AND AGRICULTURE IN THE WORLD

Understanding the issue before taking action Food loss and waste: what’s the difference?
The idea of food being lost or wasted sounds simple, but in practice, there is no commonly agreed definition.
Essentially, food loss and waste is the decrease in quantity or quality of food along the food supply chain.
Food loss occurs along the food supply chain from harvest up to, but not including, the retail level.
Food waste occurs at the retail and consumption levels.

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