|October 16, 2018|
Food wasted by rich nations could end world hunger - U.N.
|Rich nations waste $750 billion of food each year, double the amount needed to end global hunger, David Beasley, head of the United Nations World Food Programme, said on Tuesday.|
On World Food Day, here are some facts about how much food is wasted globally:
*About a third of the world's food is lost or thrown away each year, approximately 1.3 billion tonnes, worth nearly $1 trillion, according to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).
*If current trends continue, food waste will rise to 2.1 billion tonnes annually by 2030. - Almost half of all fruits, vegetables, roots and tubers produced are wasted, the U.N. said.
*Some 821 million people around the world were hungry in 2017.
*Every year, consumers in rich countries waste almost as much food - 222 million tonnes - as the entire net food production of sub-Saharan Africa - 230 million tonnes.
*In developing countries, 40 percent of losses occur post-harvest or during processing, while in industrialised countries more than 40 percent of losses happen at retail and consumer levels.
*Food waste squanders land and water used to produce it, and also releases methane, a greenhouse gas, when left to rot.
*U.S. consumers waste nearly 1 lb (454 grams) of food per person each day - the equivalent of four portions of chicken or a pint of blueberries.
*In Europe, 88 million tonnes of food are wasted annually at a cost of 143 billion euros ($177 billion).
*In Britain, 15 billion pounds ($19.7 billion) worth of edible food is binned every year, including the equivalent of 3 million glasses of milk