Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Wastage of food

Compared to the third world countries, it is in the remaining part of the world that much food gets wasted or lost.  While in the latter, food is lost due to improper ways of preservation or what is called as post-harvest losses.  In the developed part of the world, the story is no different.  However, the addition is that often food and related products go unsold and then get thrashed.  Was surprised to read that nearly one-third of food produced for consumption gets lost or wasted...
According to the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO): ‘Roughly one third of the food in the world produced for human consumption every year – approximately 1.3 billion tons – gets lost or wasted.’ Broken down by food category, the FAO estimates that 30 per cent of world production of cereals is lost or wasted, 20 per cent of dairy production, 35 per cent of ‘harvested’ fish and seafood, 20 per cent of the world’s meat, 20 per cent of all oilseeds and pulses, and a staggering 45 per cent of both roots and tubers, and fruits and vegetables too. [Source: Aeon]

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