World wastes one third of its food

Friday, February 28, 2014

ANKARA - Mankind wastes one third of the food it produces for consumption, a World Bank report reveals.

According to the report on February 27, despite food prices being similar to that of the historical peak of August 2012, the world loses or wastes about one-quarter to one-third of the food it produces for consumption.

“The amount of food wasted and lost globally is shameful. Millions of people around the world go to bed hungry every night, and yet millions of tons of food end up in trash cans or are spoiled on the way to market. We have to tackle this problem in every country in order to improve food security and to end poverty." Jim Yong Kim, president of the World Bank Group said.

Taking into account the impact on food perishing while being transported, food loss and waste causes huge economic, energy, and natural resource inefficiencies and has poverty implications.

The wastage from food produced in the world for human consumption every year is approximately 1.3 billion tons.

According to UN Global Food Loss and Waste report, every year, consumers in rich countries waste almost as much food (222 million tons) as the entire net food production of sub-Saharan Africa (230 million tonnes). The amount of food lost or wasted every year is equivalent to more than half of the world`s annual cereals crop.

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