New report: as much as 2 billion tonnes of all food produced ends up as waste
Institution of Mechanical Engineers calls on urgent action to prevent 50% of all food produced in the world ending up as waste
A new report by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers has found that as much as 50% of all food produced around the world never reaches a human stomach due to issues as varied as inadequate infrastructure and storage facilities through to overly strict sell-by dates, buy-one-get-one free offers and consumers demanding cosmetically perfect food.
With UN predictions that there could be about an extra three billion people to feed by the end of the century and an increasing pressure on the resources needed to produce food, including land, water and energy, the Institution is calling for urgent action to tackle this waste.
The report ‘Global Food Waste Not Want Not‘ found that:
Dr Tim Fox, Head of Energy and Environment at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers said:
“The amount of food wasted and lost around the world is staggering. 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.
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