Why is food waste so bad? on Sunday the 28th of October
Almost 1 billion people around the world are undernourished, making hunger a worse killer than AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined! Yet we waste around 1.3 billion tonnes of food a year. In terms of calories, that could feed the starving part of the world’s population three times over.
Food waste has repercussions on many other issues. The average amount of water that is needed to produce food is about 1000 times the weight of the food itself! Binning a loaf of bread is the equivalent of pouring away 1200 litres of water. That’s five bathtubs! Again, nearly a billion people don’t have access to clean water.
And then there’s the energy and fuel that is required for the production, distribution, cooking and storage of the wasted food. It accounts for about 10% of global greenhouse gas emissions! This is at a time when we are desperately trying to find alternative energy sources that emit less CO2.
Food waste is a global issue and in order to solve it a radical change in the way we think about consumption is necessary.
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