Soon it will be World Food Day (October 16). Created by the United Nations in 1979, it is a day that draws attention to global food problems and food waste. It also calls for solidarity in the international fight against hunger, malnutrition and poverty.
Let’s be honest, we are all partly responsible for the absurd amounts of food that is wasted worldwide. It’s time we stop that trend. Here are five quite painful facts about food waste:
Food waste accounts for 8 percent of total global greenhouse gas emissions; this is equivalent to 3.3 giga tonnes of CO2 (Source: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, 2013)
Every year, consumers in developed countries waste almost as much food (222 million tons) as the total food production in Sub-Saharan Africa (230 million tons). (Source: United Nations Environment Program)
Every year, one-third of the food produced for human consumption worldwide is thrown away. This totals 1.3 billion tons. That is 1,300,000,000,000 kilograms of food that is wasted each year. (Source: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations)
Only some 25 percent of the food wasted worldwide would be enough to feed the world’s 795 million hungry people. (Source: Barilla Center for Food and Nutrition Foundation)
This is actually a small step to a solution: those who always make a shopping list (before shopping) can save up to 9 kilograms of food from the waste bin, each year! (Source: Dutch organisation Samentegenvoedselverspilling.nl)
With more than two weeks to go before World Food Day, let these facts sink in. What is your contribution against food waste? How to start? Share your ideas in the comments on our Facebook-group.
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