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One-Third of Food is Lost or Wasted

As reported in the ISE magazine, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization reported that “one third of food produced in the world is lost or wasted, which affects not only world hunger but carbon emission, water and land use.”

I was recently rereading Juran on Quality by Design (1992) in which Joseph Juran lists “high points” in the book. One that stood out for me: “In the United States about one third of what we do consists of redoing work previously “done.”

There it is again: ONE-THIRD of outputs are waste or rework. This number hasn’t changed in decades. The only way to reduce this number is through data analysis that identifies root causes and finds mistake-proof ways to prevent problems. This will also reduce energy consumption, land fill waste, lost time, lost profit and so on.

What are you doing to find and fix your one-third?

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