Over a third of the world’s food wasted

In a world in which millions go hungry each day it is shocking that we who are fortunate enough to be concerned that we are overweight don’t do more to see that food is not wasted…..From BIZCOMMUNITY.com Click on this image to download the report in pdf format

Every year, almost one third of the food produced in the world for human consumption – approximately 1.3 billion tons – is lost or wasted, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said Wednesday, 11 May 2011.

The Rome-based FAO cited the findings of a report: Global Food Losses and Food Waste, which it commissioned from the Swedish Institute for Food and Biotechnology for Save Food!, an international congress being held in Dusseldorf 16 – 17 May.

The study also found that industrialized and developing countries dissipate roughly the same quantities of food – respectively 670 and 630 million tons.

The report distinguished between what it called “food loss” and “food waste.”

It found that food losses – occurring at the production, harvest, post-harvest and processing phases – are most important in developing countries, due to poor infrastructure, low levels of technology and low investment in the food production systems.

In contrast, food waste is more a problem in industrialized countries, most often caused by both retailers and consumers throwing perfectly edible foodstuffs into the trash.

Per capita waste by consumers is 95-115 kilograms a year in Europe and North America, while consumers in sub-Saharan Africa and South and Southeast Asia each throw away only 6-11 kilograms a year.

Every year, consumers in rich countries waste almost as much food – 222 million tons – as the entire net food production of sub-Saharan Africa of 230 million tons, according to the report. Continue reading