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  • Ailsa Reynolds

Food Waste

Updated: Mar 30, 2023

The National Geographic says (2019) “Food waste, that scourge that sends more than a third of our food supply to rot and is a major contributor to climate change, seems like it should be easy to address”

And although it should be, it appears that food loss and waste is increasing. It`s complicated given the amount of waste at each stage of food production.

However we should act on this, the UN refers to the reduction of food loss and waste a

“triple-win” opportunity—for the climate, for food security and for the sustainability of our food systems. It must be a priority in these times of rising food insecurity, malnutrition and hunger across the globe” It states that “around 14 per cent of the world's food, valued at $400 billion per year, continues to be lost after it is harvested and before it reaches retail, while a further 17 per cent—approximately 931 million tons of food—ends up being wasted in retail and by consumers. Much of this food waste takes place in households” It follows therefore that this is one area where we really can make some changes that make a difference , especially if more and more of us take this issue on board.

The article on psychology of food waste may give us all an insight into why we do waste food even if we think we are doing ok! Food for thought (ouch sorry)

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