UK: Renowned chefs around the world are backing a campaign outlining how much cooling is needed for their locally inspired cooking in support of World Chill Day.
Chefs4thePlanet, a group of over 100 top chefs who care about our planet and our health, join forces with the United Nations Environment Program’s OzonAction and the Global Food Cold Chain Council to explain the essential role of cooling in protecting human and planetary health.
The Cooling Keeps Food Fresh campaign will describe why cooling is necessary for food safety and how it supports nutritious diets that maintain our health, help reduce food loss and waste, and protect the environment.
The chef’s recipes will be accompanied by advice informing consumers about the cooling choices they can make at home to save money, extend product life and understand how food waste and loss contribute to climate change .
This year’s World Refrigeration Day, June 26, is themed Cooling Matters.
“Cooling is at the very heart of modern life. And the importance of cooling to the global food chain and sustaining human life on our planet cannot be overstated,” said Steve Gill, Founder of World Refrigeration Day.
During the Cooling Keeps Food Fresh campaign, chefs representing various regions of the world will broadcast video messages, reinforcing their commitment to maintaining a sustainable planet for human life and describing how cooling contributes to daily cooking and the operation of their kitchens. .
“At a time when every day we go further and further beyond the limits of our planet, and when agriculture produces around a quarter of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions, feeding ten billion people in 2050 requires a systemic transformation. of our food system. Chefs as role models and influencers have a key role to play,” said Anne Le More, Co-Chair of Chefs4thePlanet.
“Alternative proteins as well as seasonal, local and plant-based ingredients are becoming increasingly important in gastronomy, and cooling will remain essential,” added its co-president Sébastien Ripari.
According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the contribution of food waste emissions to global warming is almost equivalent to global emissions from road transport. If it were a country, food waste would be the third emitting country in the world. “Industry can facilitate the reduction of food waste and its negative impact on the environment by promoting greater access to food preservation technologies and by promoting the development and use of cost-effective and energy-efficient equipment with a reduced environmental impact,” said Juergen Goeller, Co-Chair. of the Global Food Cold Chain Council and Director of Regulatory Affairs for Carrier Refrigeration.