Sunday, 21 October 2018

8 Facts On How Food is Being Wasted Globally

On World Food Day, here are some facts about how much food is wasted globally:

  • About a third of the world's food is lost or thrown away each year, approximately 1.3 billion tonnes, worth nearly $1 trillion, according to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).
  • If current trends continue, food waste will rise to 2.1 billion tonnes annually by 2030. - Almost half of all fruits, vegetables, roots and tubers produced are wasted, the U.N. said.
  • Some 821 million people around the world were hungry in 2017.
  • Every year, consumers in rich countries waste almost as much food - 222 million tonnes - as the entire net food production of sub-Saharan Africa - 230 million tonnes.
  • In developing countries, 40 percent of losses occur post-harvest or during processing, while in industrialised countries more than 40 percent of losses happen at retail and consumer levels.
  • Food waste squanders land and water used to produce it, and also releases methane, a greenhouse gas, when left to rot.
  • U.S. consumers waste nearly 1 lb (454 grams) of food per person each day - the equivalent of four portions of chicken or a pint of blueberries.
  • In Europe, 88 million tonnes of food are wasted annually at a cost of 143 billion euros ($177 billion).
  • In Britain, 15 billion pounds ($19.7 billion) worth of edible food is binned every year, including the equivalent of 3 million glasses of milk.
  • Kindly endeavor to feed one person with your food, instead of dropping them in bins.

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