Thursday, 10th January 2013
Global Food: Waste Not Want Not
Source: Institution of Mechanical Engineers (UK)
From Press Release:
Between 30% and 50% or 1.2-2 billion tonnes of food produced around the world each year never reaches a human stomach;
as much as 30% of UK vegetable crops are not harvested due to them failing to meet exacting standards based on their physical appearance, while up to half of the food that’s bought in Europe and the USA is thrown away by the consumer;
about 550 billion m3 of water is wasted globally in growing crops that never reach the consumer;
it takes 20-50 times the amount of water to produce 1 kilogram of meat than 1 kilogram of vegetables;
the demand for water in food production could reach 10–13 trillion m3 a year by 2050. This is 2.5 to 3.5 times greater than the total human use of fresh water today and could lead to more dangerous water shortages around the world;
there is the potential to provide 60-100% more food by eliminating losses and waste while at the same time freeing up land, energy and water resources.
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