‘Simple acts can dramatically cut 1.3bn tones of food waste’

Thursday, January 24, 2013
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Geneva: Simple actions by consumers and food retailers can dramatically cut the 1.3 billion tones of food lost or wasted each year and help shape a sustainable future, according to a new global campaign to cut food waste launched by the UN Environment Program (UNEP), the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and partners.

The campaign, 'Think.Eat.Save. Reduce Your Foodprint', specifically targets food wasted by consumers, retailers and the hospitality industry.

Worldwide, about one-third of all food produced, worth around US$1 trillion, gets lost or wasted in food production and consumption systems, according to data released by FAO. Food loss occurs mostly at the production stages - harvesting, processing and distribution - while food waste typically takes place at the retailer and consumer end of the food-supply chain.

Ann Tutwiler, Deputy Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organziation (FAO) briefing reporters at the campaign launch in Geneva said that, the wasted food in the industrialized world, amounted to "more than the total net production of food in Africa".

Achim Steiner, the Executive Director of the United Nations Environmental program (UNEP) said that around a third of everything produced under the heading of food on this planet is being lost, he added that "we are doing something that is completely irrational". -UNifeed
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