Guest Blog: Global Food Chain Riddled with Food Waste

by R. Jeep Bryant, executive vice president for marketing and corporate affairs at BNY Mellon
Nov 4, 2013 9:25 AM ET

As part of BNY Mellon’s global initiative to raise awareness of food security and waste, R. Jeep Bryant, executive vice president for marketing and corporate affairs, shares his thoughts on the issues. This is the last in a four-part series.

Global Food Chain Riddled with Food Waste

We’re often reminded of how difficult life was when everyone lived off the land and depended on what they grew to survive. They were at the mercy of the elements and hoped their crops wouldn’t be destroyed by early frosts or pests. If their crops survived, storing the food and keeping it fresh were great challenges. 

Sitting here in 2013, I wonder – how much has really changed?

Agriculture is still the main source of income and employment for a vast majority of the world’s poor, and close to four-fifths of food in the developing world comes from small farms. If there’s enough food produced to feed everyone who is hungry – and there is – then why do more than 850 million people (link to infographic) still not have enough to eat?

Because all over the world, losses and waste occur at every stage of the food chain.

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R. Jeep Bryant is Executive Vice President for Marketing & Corporate Affairs at BNY Mellon. He leads a global team responsible for advancing the company's reputation across a broad range of functions including marketing communications, brand management, advertising, public relations, internal communications, philanthropy and corporate social responsibility. He serves as chairman of the BNY Mellon Foundation and is a member of the company's Operating Committee.