Royaume Uni: les produits surgelés pourraient contribuer à la sécurité alimentaire

Un rapport de BFFF conclut qu'en augmentant la consommation de produits surgelés, le Royaume Uni pourrait réduire le gaspillage, développer l'accessibilité à la nourriture et diminuer l'impact environnemental des produits alimentaires, tout en contribuant à la sécurité alimentaire.
A BFFF report from experts at Cranfield University concluded that by increasing frozen food consumption, the UK could reduce food waste, boost food affordability and lessen the environmental impact of food, all of which would subsequently contribute to improved food security.

Researchers compared fresh and frozen supply chains for four common shopping items: cod, carrots, broccoli and potatoes. They identified a potential waste saving of between 25% and 79% if the entire supply chain for these four products was shifted to frozen.

The frozen versions were also found to be less expensive than their fresh equivalents, with frozen Atlantic cod and broccoli florets 30% an 44% cheaper, due to the increased transportation for fresh Atlantic cod and wastage for fresh broccoli.

The researchers also stressed that frozen food could help tackle greenhouse gas emissions (GHGE) related to food consumption, particularly for food which is not produced year-round in the UK. For example, by increasing the use of frozen broccoli produced in the UK during winter months, the UK could be 100% self-sufficient in broccoli production. This could reduce GHGE production by 15% for the same production.