Researchers: 9% of the world’s food supply is thrown away or left to spoil

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Tracey Watson
March 7, 2017

Unemployment and rising food costs have resulted in about a billion people around the world going to bed hungry every day – that’s nearly one in seven people who is officially starving. This problem is only likely to worsen, since the global population is growing at an unprecedented rate, and the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs predicts that it will reach around 9.6 billion by 2050. With statistics like these, one would expect that the whole world would be focused on minimizing waste to ensure that more people have access to food, but just the opposite is true. In fact, according to Science Daily, almost 9 percent of the world’s food supply is simply thrown away or left to spoil, while around 10 percent more is lost to overeating.

These startling figures were highlighted in a recent study conducted by researchers from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland’s Rural College, the University of York, the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, and the Centre for Australian Weather and Climate Research, and published in the journal Agricultural Systems. The study focused on 10 key areas of global food production to see where the most losses were occurring, utilizing information gleaned from the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization.

Some of the study’s startling findings included the fact that almost half of all crops harvested worldwide (around 2.1 billion tons) are lost to poor production processes, over-consumption and waste by consumers. The least efficient and most wasteful of all food production involves livestock, with more than two-thirds of all product lost (around 78 percent, or 840 million tons). Livestock production also directly impacts crop production, since about 1.08 billion tons of fresh produce is needed to produce just 240 million tons of animal products like eggs, meat, and dairy products. Taken holistically, livestock production alone is responsible for about 40 percent of all lost crops.

The study’s findings regarding overeating are especially interesting; it would seem that while a billion people starve, the other six billion are just plain greedy and/or wasteful.

“Reducing losses from the global food system would improve food security and help prevent environmental harm. Until now, it was not known how over-eating impacts on the system. Not only is it harmful to health, we found that over-eating is bad for the environment and impairs food security,” said the lead researcher of the study, Dr. Peter Alexander, of the University of Edinburgh’s School of Geo Sciences and Scotland’s Rural College.

In the U.S., some of the biggest contributors to food waste are supermarkets, which throw out an average of 3,000 pounds of produce per store, each year. For the most part, the food is rejected not for safety, but for esthetic reasons. If fresh fruit is starting to turn brown or is in some other way blemished it will be consigned to the trash heap, as will produce that is perfect in appearance, simply to make way for new stock to be displayed on the shelves.

Though legislation was put in place in 1996 to protect stores from prosecution should food past its “sell-by-date” be donated to the hungry, most supermarkets still balk at the idea of donating food they perceive to be “old,” citing fears of litigation or bad press as concerns.

It is said that knowledge is power, and it is vitally important that consumers become aware of the enormous food supply problem being faced worldwide. After all, it is the picky consumer who refuses to buy even slightly blemished produce that is a large contributor to the problem of waste. And how often do we toss out fresh produce that we have simply forgotten about or failed to use quickly enough, never stopping to think about the millions of people worldwide who are doing the same thing, all while millions of others starve? (RELATED: Great tips to help you stop wasting food can be found in this Natural News article.)

It is time to turn the tide. In a generation of people who have become accustomed to instant gratification and visually perfect produce, we need to become more self-sufficient and less wasteful. Our very survival depends upon it. Follow more news about the food supply at Harvest.news.

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#GoodNewsNextWeek: Feeding The Needy With Olympics Excess

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James Evan Pilatto
August 23, 2016

This week on #GoodNewsNextWeek: Corps can’t void the warranty for jailbreaking your phone; an Italian chef shows what can be done with Olympics-sized waste; and one city is divesting from a company that tortures people. Notes/Links:

Companies Can’t Legally Void Warranty For Jailbreaking, Rooting Your Phone
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Maker of Web Monitoring Software Can Be Sued, Says Court
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From Now On You’ll Be Able to Access NASA Research for Free
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Chef Feeds Rio’s Homeless With Excess Olympic Food
http://bit.ly/2bdqLj3

Video: Transforming Olympic Food Waste in Rio W/ Massimo Bottura
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Bee-Harming Pesticides Declining At Plant Nurseries
http://bit.ly/2brJw12

Organic Lemon Cucumbers Gone Wild In @WikiWorldOrder’s Victory Garden
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Berkeley Divests From Torture Profiteer G4S
http://bit.ly/2bwaHFh

#NewWorldNextWeek: “Do Not Buy” List Could Leave Portland With No Options for Corporate Investment (Aug. 21, 2014)
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Federal Court Bans Govt From Prosecuting Medical Marijuana Users And Growers
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#MorningMonarchy: U.S. Prosecutors Dealt Setback In Medical Marijuana Cases (Aug. 17, 2016)
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Key Report Outlines 27 Solutions to Reduce Food Waste and Save $100 Billion

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Christina Sarich
March 17, 2016

Americans waste a lot of food. So much, that it adds up to about 62 million tons every year. With such wastefulness, it’s time to get serious about a solution. Fortunately, a new comprehensive report released by Rethink Food Waste Through Economics and Data (ReFED) has some helpful suggestions for saving more than 1.8 billion meals from being tossed in the can (or 1.3% of our Gross Domestic Product simply wasted.)

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From the ReFED website:

The Roadmap to Reduce U.S. Food Waste by 20 Percent is the first ever national economic study and action plan to reduce food waste at scale. It identifies the most cost-effective solutions and defines research priorities in an effort to spur multi-stakeholder action.”

ReFED estimates that the solutions suggested in their report could create 15,000 new jobs over the course of a decade, provide 1.8 billion more meals per year to America’s food-unstable, and divert 2.6 million tons of food away from U.S. landfills annually.

In addition, it could prevent 18 million tons of greenhouse gas emissions every year and save 1.6 trillion gallons of water. Those are some huge claims to make. Can they be backed up with proof?

Apparently, if we all followed the 27 suggestions listed in the report, those ambitious goals are indeed obtainable.

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Major Supermarket to Eradicate Food Waste by 2017, Give Unsold Food to Charity

In an effort to eradicate all food wasted in its stores and distribution centers, Tesco says that it will work with 5,000 different charities in the UK in order to give all unsold food to those who need it most.

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Christina Sarich
March 16, 2016

Figures recently released by the company suggest that this new program could save 55,400 tonnes of food that were thrown away at its stores and distribution centers across the country in 2015.

The plan is part of a program called the Community Food Connection, which will start with 14 pilot stores, to kick off the goal of achieving zero food waste by 2017.

The Community Food Project has already been underway for six months in the UK, and it is responsible for giving 50,000 meals away to people who are the most food-vulnerable – the elderly, homeless, children, and the unemployed.

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Entrepreneur Quits Financial Industry to Bring Leftovers to Hungry People

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Christina Sarich
February 2, 2016

It doesn’t matter who you are; experiencing the high from taking perfectly good food from restaurants and local businesses that would ordinarily end up in the trash and giving to the hungry will change you. Even for high level business men making millions, giving back could beat any bull market rush.

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Robert Lee would know. He left his high-powered job to start feeding the hungry and keep good food out of the waste stream.

The co-founders of Rescuing Leftover Cuisine, Robert Lee and Louisa Chen were both part of a university organization called Two Birds One Stone, which delivered leftover dining hall food on campus to homeless shelters. Through their volunteerism, the two learned best practices for the operations side in delivering food, fostering relationships with key partners within the industry, and the management skills needed to make it all work.

Lee has said, “It was kind of shocking to see how much food waste was happening around campus. I wondered: Why doesn’t every institution do something like this?”

Lee has been called the ‘Robin Hood of Leftovers’ for good reason. He has already ‘rescued’ and donated more than 290,000 meals since 2012 for those who often go without ample food. His organization, started in 2013 and called Rescuing Leftover Cuisine, saves food from the abundance we throw away every year. As his website details, millions suffer from food insecurity every year, and we throw way enough food just in our country to practically feed the entire world.

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