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2.5 billion tons of agricultural food are wasted annually, of which 1.2 billion are lost in farm fields and more than 900 million in retail outlets or households.
This was noticed by a World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) report and the supermarket chain Tesco published this week, which further recalls that food production uses large amounts of land, water and energy, which contributes to greenhouse gases, equivalent to almost twice the annual emissions of all cars in the US and Europe.
“This report shows that the problem is probably bigger than we imagined ”, stated the head of WWF’s Global Initiative on Food Loss and Waste, Pete Pearson.
He further stressed that the pandemic has worsened the trend by causing “massive disruptions in supply chains, forcing contract cancellations, restaurant closings and leaving large amounts of perishable food wasted or on farms that were later useless. “
Some 4.4 million square kilometers of land and 760 cubic kilometers of water are used to produce the 1.2 billion tons of food that is wasted in the field, before, during and after harvest, or diverted to other uses such as animal feed or biofuels. These amounts are equivalent to a larger terrain than the Indian subcontinent and a water volume of 304 million Olympic swimming pools, highlighted German wave.
The report confirmed that high- and middle-income countries in Europe, North America and industrialized Asia contribute 58% of these losses in world crops, despite having greater mechanization and better systems on farms.
And even though in the agricultural environment is where the highest figures of food waste are concentrated, government policies focus more on the ultimate supply chain, sale and consumption.
WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature) is an international non-governmental organization founded in 1961 that works in the field of wildlife preservation and the reduction of human impact on the environment. It is considered “The world’s leading conservation organization.” Previously it was called World Wildlife Fund, which remains its official name in Canada and the United States.
Some 40 percent of products grown to feed the global population are not consumed.
Waste contributes to 10 percent of the greenhouse gases that cause climate change. (ms) https://t.co/wCinl8j7c3
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Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.