Safeguarding food supplies
We should be able to take a balanced meal for granted. However, it’s not something everyone can afford.
Sometimes food gets left on the shelf and then can’t be sold any more – even if there’s absolutely nothing wrong with the products. I am happy to make sure that it doesn’t go to waste.
The food bank network “Bundesverband Deutsche Tafel e. V.” collects perfectly good, surplus food and distributes it to those in need. METRO GROUP has been supporting the association for 6 years as a main sponsor – both financially and through food donations. At the international level, our sales line METRO Cash & Carry is also committed to food banks. By distributing food to charitable initiatives, we help people in need and at the same time prevent food from being wasted.
The growing global population is demanding ever more food and other consumer goods. At the same time it is becoming harder to manufacture the corresponding range of products due to the decline in natural resources. Our commitment to securing food supplies starts with our suppliers: in a nutshell, we need to improve yields per unit area and increase the share of marketable goods without plundering natural resources. Therefore, we help producers improve their own processes. At the next stage of the supply chain we invest in efficient transport, packaging and merchandise management systems to maintain the quality of the food for as long as possible. We donate products that are about to reach their best before date and are still edible to food banks. We also run campaigns to sensitise our customers to handling food responsibly to prevent waste from being produced in the first place.
Management Board of METRO AG
»The world will need 70 percent more food to meet its coming food security needs for the earth’s projected 9 billion people by 2050 according to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization. But the resources needed to create that additional food are increasingly scarce or involve developing lands that have irreplaceable natural value, like rainforests. More frequent droughts due to climate change and the transfer of arable lands from agriculture to biofuels will also reduce the land available to grow crops and graze livestock. Meanwhile, the poorest billion people on earth already depend on fish as their primary source of animal protein. Fish have provided acceptable and often inexpensive sustenance for humanity since the dawn of time. We need to bring wild fish stocks back from the brink of collapse, so that they may continue to serve as the world’s major source of protein consumption for years to come.«
Andrew SharplessChief Executive Officer of Oceana