Quantifying and reporting on food loss and waste can feel overwhelming. What should be measured and how do you measure it? The global Food Loss and Waste Accounting and Reporting Standard (FLW Standard) provides a common language and clear requirements. Whether you are a restaurant or farm, a retailer or manufacturer, a city or a country, using the FLW Standard allows you to develop an inventory based on your specific needs and goals. We discuss the FLW Standard with Brian Lipinski, Head Researcher and Manager of Food Loss and Waste at the World Resources Institute.
The Food Loss & Waste Protocol, a multi-stakeholder partnership, has developed the FLW Standard. The steering committee includes seven expert institutions: Consumer Goods Forum, Food, and Agriculture Organization (FAO), EU Fusions, UN Environment Programme (UNEP), World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), World Resources Institute (WRI), and Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP).
Research Associate, Food Program, World Resources Institue (WRI)Brian Lipinski is a research associate with the Food Program at the World Resources Institute (WRI). During his time at WRI, he has worked extensively on the topic of food loss and waste, having served as the lead author on the paper “Reducing Food Loss and Waste.” He is also the lead author of the recent practical guide “How and Why to Measure Food Loss and Waste.” Brian is also a co-author of the Food Loss & Waste Accounting and Reporting Standard, the world’s first global standard of requirements and guidance for quantifying and reporting on food loss and waste, and manages the 10x20x30 initiative, which trains businesses in food loss and waste reduction. He holds a Master of Science degree from the University of Michigan School of Natural Resources and resides in Washington, D.C.
“The reason that food waste is complicated is that no one country, no one company, no one household is going to experience the same way. so, you cannot apply the same interventions and hope it is successful.”
– Brian Lipinski –
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