One-third of world's food wasted, says UN
May 12th, 2011
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The United Nations said Wednesday that about 1.3 billion tons of food is lost or wasted every year, which amounts to roughly one third of all the food produced for human consumption.

The UN's Food and Agriculture Organization commissioned a report on food loss and waste as rising prices and diminished production worldwide have contributed to an increase in food insecurity.

"The issue of food losses is of high importance in the efforts to combat hunger, raise income and improve food security in the world's poorest countries," the report states. "Food losses have an impact on food security for poor people, on food quality and safety, on economic development and on the environment."

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  1. Dimitri Snowden

    Wow. And to think there are still hungry families out there, despite the food that goes to waste. Awful.

    -Dimitri Snowden

    May 12, 2011 at 3:14 pm |
  2. Jerv

    1.3billion, that is a shame. However, "It (the report) also suggests that retailers should relax quality standards and sell produce that is grown closer to where it is sold." Not at all sold on lowering standards. It's been a long hard slog in this country, from the muckrakers to instituting regs to help ensure food safety, to get lax on standards. But buying closer to home is a definite winner.

    May 12, 2011 at 11:51 am |
  3. Truth

    Not many things can make me sound like a liberal, but I have to say I have absolutely no tolerance for the existence of hunger or the wasting of food. An absolute frekin travesty.

    May 12, 2011 at 11:46 am |
    • Jerv@Truth

      Agreed! And no you are not a liberal stooge for caring about hunger.

      May 12, 2011 at 12:11 pm |
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