According to a recent Food Wastage Footprint report, if food waste were a nation, it would only be surpassed by China and the United States in terms of carbon emissions.
Each year around 1.3 billion tons of food is wasted, adding up to 3.3 billion tons of greenhouse gas emissions and costing a total of $750 billion which is almost one-third of all the food produced for human consumption, Motherboard reports.
Slightly over half of the waste occurs during production, after harvesting or storage before being delivered to consumers. The rest occurs during processing, distribution, and in the form of wasted leftovers. Examples abound, such as Hong Kong’s wasting of two million moon cakes [though that is more understandable than throwing away edible food – Ed.].
FAO Director-General José Granziano da Silva points out that “870 million people go hungry every day.”
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