Half of all food produced is thrown away



Up to half of all the food produced in the world—two billion tons of it—is thrown away, according to a report published on Thursday.

The waste is caused by poor infrastructure and storage facilities in the developing world, and “buy-one-get-one-free” offers, and the fussiness of consumers in the developed world, the report by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers said.

Every year, four billion tons of food is produced, but between 30 percent and 50 percent is never consumed, according to the report entitled “Global Food; Waste Not, Want Not.”

One of the worst offenders is Britain, where as much as 30 percent of vegetables are not harvested because they are misshapen and supermarkets will not sell them.

The report also suggests that half of the food that is bought in Europe and the United States is thrown away by consumers.

Dr Tim Fox, head of energy and environment at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, said: “The amount of food wasted and lost around the world is staggering.

“This is food that could be used to feed the world’s growing population—as well as those in hunger today.

“It is also an unnecessary waste of the land, water and energy resources that were used in the production, processing and distribution of this food.

“The reasons for this situation range from poor engineering and agricultural practices, inadequate transport and storage infrastructure through to supermarkets demanding cosmetically perfect foodstuffs and encouraging consumers to overbuy through buy-one-get-one free offers.”

The report also found that 550 billion cubic metres of water is wasted globally in growing crops that were never eaten.

The institution said the demand for water production could reach between 10 trillion and 13 trillion cubic meters a year by 2050.

Fox said: “The UN projects that the global population will swell to 9.5 billion by 2075, meaning there will be three billion more people to feed.

“As water, land and energy resources come under increasing pressure from competing human demands, engineers have a crucial role to play in preventing food loss and waste by developing more efficient ways of growing, transporting and storing foods.

“But in order for this to happen governments, development agencies and organizations like the UN must work together to help change people’s mindsets on waste and discourage wasteful practices by farmers, food producers, supermarkets and consumers.”


so dont tell me we cant feed the worlds population now and in the future..we can..easily..but the first world hasnt got the gumption to make it happen..we have shocking habits and the UK statistic of 30% of its produce being tossed or abandoned because it looks funny is damning..



~ by seeker401 on January 12, 2013.

7 Responses to “Half of all food produced is thrown away”

  1. that was what tweeet y-day
    topicfire.com/share/Half-of-all-food-thrown-away-report-claims-21265376.html … PLS WE DON’T NEED THE UNfor that 😦 We just need PersonalResponsability
    wow is password day tday ?

  2. I turned 22 years in London, and a friend of Bilbao, organized a surprise party for me, he knew what was in London in 1980, and where the fruit is pulled directly from the trucks, imported fresh fruit worldwide, so that, not lower prices. he, with the help of another boy, took two sacks full fruit, part of the party was held in the basement of a church, with people from many countries of the world, we were quite a few that had to sleep temporarily in the basement of the huge church, that in war, served to protect many people. This time, there we ate our fill rich fruit while preparing the sangria with lots of fruit, all free, and the basement was complete. was the best birthday party I ever had in my life.
    but where throwing the fruit, was controlled, and grab prohibited and punishable by heavy fines. my friend had controlled the arrival of the trucks, and vigilantes.: all this he told me, while we were doing the bleeding.
    and finally appeared musical instruments, and almost all ended up singing.
    Fruit arrival worldwide, which had rotted, we ate it, people all over the world, we lived with just. but the boy risked, and organized a great party.
    Prices never go down! and consciences still asleep.
    This was the church. In 1987 came an arsonist, and was completely destroyed:

  3. this history is a part of my life, is real, as is also true that the fruit is almost a luxury, anywhere, then and now, and an atrocity, they prefer throwing, to rot, before the people eat and to lower market prices

  4. depresses me to see people take the food containers.
    we live in a system that degrades people and food

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