PHL In the News
March 8, 2013

The following items have appeared recently in newspapers, blogs, on websites and other media regarding PHL and might be of interest to affiliates of the ADM Institute for the Prevention of Postharvest Loss.


  • Governments are calling for a heightened legitimacy of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) with global environmental issues on the rise.  One of UNEP's current major campaigns, Think.Eat.Save., targets food loss and waste.
  • President and CEO of multinational company Land O' Lakes will sponsor the 25th Annual Nobel Peace Prize forum, where they will discuss the need for innovation and partnership in achieving sustainable food systems globally.


  • China's State Administration of Grain recently announced that 50 million tonnes of food are lost each year, of which 35 million tonnes are grain lost in the drying, storage, and transportation postharvest phases. Consumers have started to respond with food waste reduction campaigns.


United States

  • Undersecretary Robert Hormats of the Department of State says loss can be reduced through the development and dissemination of appropriate technologies, and by the adoption of policies and incentives for investment in postharvest infrastructure. Hormats anticipates food preservation to be a topic of discussion in the G8's meeting in Northern Ireland in June.

  • At a recent State Department forum event, when asked why reduction projects aren't operating up to scale, panelists answered there is a lack of attention and a lack of money. Discussions included the need for more private incentives.

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Researcher Barry Pittendrigh is making an impact on the effectiveness of global extension services. Pittendrigh's project, Scientific Animations Without Borders (SAWBO), delivers information and educational materials to nearly 1 billion people around the world. Farmers have access to key info in the field and aren't vulnerable to the problems created by weak extension programs. Pittendrigh's team will develop a total of six videos focusing on reducing postharvest loss. View Pittendrigh's impact in this video

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