Food waste: a legal contribution to climate change and food security in South Africa

Cohen, Samantha
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Food loss and waste is an issue which plagues every country on this planet. Over a third of the world's food is lost or wasted. The effects of food loss and waste impact the environment tremendously. The emissions from the food lost and wasted are expediting the global warming process and further degrading the environment. The global warming impacts caused by food lost and waste are increasing food insecurity throughout the world. The world's natural resources are being depleted at an unnecessarily fast rate, due to the world's unsustainable food systems. This research explores the definitions of food loss, food waste and food insecurity. The research also seeks to understand the causes of food loss and food waste. The role of intemational law in terms of the reduction of food loss and waste is observed. South Africa's stance on food loss and food waste is explored. Recommendations are giving to South Africa in order to make more effective commitments to the reduction of food loss and waste in terms of South Africa's climate change commitments and obligations. Overall, the main purpose of this research is to understand how the law can be and should be used to tackle the issue of food loss and waste
A research report submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the Degree of Master of Law by Coursework to the Faculty of Commerce, Law and Management at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, 2022