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Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Half of all food is wasted
Jan 10 (Reuters) - Up to half of all the food produced worldwide ends
up going to waste due to poor harvesting, storage and transport methods
as well as irresponsible retailer and consumer behaviour, a report said
The world produces about four billion metric
tonnes of food a year but 1.2 to 2 billion tonnes is not eaten, the
study by the London-based Institution of Mechanical Engineers said.
"This level of wastage is a tragedy that cannot continue if we are to
succeed in the challenge of sustainably meeting our future food
demands," said. In developed
countries, like Britain, efficient farming methods, transport and
storage mean that most of the wastage occurs through retail and customer
Retailers produce 1.6 million tonnes of food waste a
year because they reject crops of edible fruit and vegetables because
they do not meet exacting size and appearance criteria, the report by
the engineering society said.
"Thirty percent of what is
harvested from the field never actually reaches the marketplace
(primarily the supermarket) due to trimming, quality selection and
failure to conform to purely cosmetic criteria," it said.
the food which does reach supermarket shelves, 30-50 percent of what is
bought in developed countries is thrown away by customers, often due to
poor understanding of "best before" and "use by" dates.
by" date is when there is a health risk associated with using food after
that date. A "best before" date is more about quality - when it expires
it does not necessarily mean food is harmful but it may lose some
flavour and texture.
However, many consumers do not know the difference between the labels and bin food after "best before" dates.
Promotional offers and bulk discounts also encourage shoppers to buy large quantities in excess of their needs.
In Britain, about 10.2 billion pounds' ($16.3 billion) worth of food is
thrown away from homes every year, with one billion pounds' worth being
perfectly edible, the report found.
By contrast, in less
developed countries, such as in sub-Saharan Africa or South East Asia,
wastage mostly happens due to inefficient harvesting and poor handling
In South-East Asian countries, for example, losses
of rice range from 37 to 80 percent of their entire production,
totalling about 180 million tonnes per year, the report said.
The United Nations predicts global population will peak at around 9.5
billion people by 2075, meaning there will be an additional 2.5 billion
people to feed.