Thursday, September 19, 2013

Finding ways to reduce food waste

Later today,  the U.S.-based Food Tank is livestreaming an event called Food Waste Free NYC taking place at the Big Apple's the Snapple Theater. Many of the world's leading experts will be on hand to talk about solutions that are being developed around the world to prevent food loss and waste. You can TUNE IN HERE (and join the discussion using #FoodTankNYC).

According to the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization, 1.3 billion tons of food is wasted globally each year.

According to recent U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates, roughly 133 billion pounds of food from stores, restaurants, and homes is wasted in the U.S. each year.

In the U.K., up to 30 percent of vegetables never leave the farm because they don’t meet the aesthetic standards of supermarkets.

In Latin America, average food waste amounts to more than 200 kilograms per person per year.

Over 60 percent of the carbon footprint of food waste can be attributed to Asia and North Africa.

Australian consumers throw away up to 20 percent of all food that they buy.

With an annual value of approximately US$4 billion, 10-20 percent of Africa's grain harvest is lost after the harvest – and that amount is enough to feed 48 million people.

Food for thought.

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