Remember when your mamá told you not to waste your food because there are starving children in the world? Turns out, she was doing the right thing.
A disheartening United Nations report reveals that a whopping 1.3 billion tons of food gets wasted each year. The total loss, which is about 1/3 of the total food produced in the world each year, amounts to economic losses of $750 billion.
The report, which was conducted by the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), attributed the waste to poor harvesting techniques and careless consumer behavior in high-income areas.
In developed countries, most food is wasted because consumers tend to overpurchase or overreact to expiration dates. However, in developing countries, most losses occur at a production level. Regardless of the reason, the FAO warns that food production has vast environmental and social implications.
“We simply cannot allow one-third of all food we produce to go to waste or be lost because of inappropriate practice, when 870 million people go hungry every day,” said FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva.
Da Silva said that everyone – farmers, processors, supermarkets, governments, and consumers – must make changes in order to prevent food wastage from happening in the first place.
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