A new report has outlined how between 30-50% of food produced around the world annually “never reaches a human stomach”.
The study, by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), blames a variety of factors for the wastage, from inadequate storage infrastructure to strict appearance requirements.
The 30-50% figure equates to 1.2-2 billion tonnes of food, leading IMechE to call for strict and immediate action in order to curb unnecessary overproduction.
“The amount of food wasted and lost around the world is staggering”, said Dr Tim Fox, head of energy and environment.
“This is food that could be used to feed the world’s growing population – as well as those in hunger today.
“It is also an unnecessary waste of the land, water and energy resources that were used in the production, processing and distribution of this food.”
With global population expected to surpass 9 billion this century, the IMechE report says that “improving processes and infrastructure as well as changing consumer mindsets” are key in order to cut down food waste to a sustainable level.
A Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) report last July by Social Change UK urged the food industry to put plans in place to adapt to the impacts of climate change – which includes restricting the amount businesses waste.
Author Tristram Stuart delves into the issue of food waste in a TED talk here, while waste management magazine, Materials Recycling Week, has compiled a handy rundown of opinions off Twitter, from individuals reacting to the IMechE report.
Like our Facebook Page
How to Find an Eco-Friendly Termite Control Service Provider in Malaysia
Eco-Friendly Vegans Win Most Battles Not the War
3 Iconic Chicago Billboards Eco-Friendly Advertisers Can Learn from
EnviroSolar’s Abe Issa Discusses Success in Green Entrepreneurship
How Sports Could Be Impacted by Climate Change
What Eco-Friendly Patients Should Know about Online Therapy
6 Reasons Why Meal Delivery Services are Eco-Friendly
The Path for Retail’s Sustainable Future
4 Eco-Friendly Ways to Treat a Sinus Infection
4 Strategies for Eco-Friendly Real Estate Investors to Find Properties
How Managed Print Services Helps to Reduce Paper Waste
Why Scientists Are Concerned About ‘Forever Chemicals’ In Drinking Water
Meat Farming Is Only Getting Smarter, Easier & Eco-Friendlier
What is Eco-Friendly Homesteading and How Does it Affect Your Insurance?
Importance of Using a Water Purifier in an Area with High Pollution
Alternative Financing Ideas for Green Businesses that Shun Banks
Tencel Material Demand Shows Britain Is More Eco-Friendlier Than Ireland
How To Invest in Clean Energy Stocks in Only Five Easy Steps!
How To Secure Funding As An Eco-Entrepreneur?
4 Amazing Eco-Friendly Businesses Worth Starting in 2021
- Features8 months ago
Seven Health and Safety Tips for Eco-Friendly Products in a Green Home
- Energy9 months ago
Eco-Friendly Homeowners Lower Carbon Footprints through Greater Air Conditioner Efficiency
- Features8 months ago
Essential Guidelines for Eco-friendly Moving into new Home
- Invest10 months ago
The Eco-Friendly Evolution of Bitcoin Over the Years