The United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) calls to stop food waste culture for more decisive action to end the culture of throwing out food uneaten.
According to UNEP Food Waste Index Report 2021, about one billion tons of food each year are wasted. It is one-third of the total food produced.
“A staggering one-third of all food produced globally is lost or wasted. The evidence is becoming too hard to ignore. Food systems reform is critical to tackling the planetary crisis of climate change, nature and biodiversity loss, and pollution and waste,” UNEP said.
UNEP also said that 17 percent of the food available to consumers in markets, households, and restaurants goes directly into the bin, and 60 percent of such waste is in the home.
“Food loss and waste account for up to 10 percent of greenhouse gas emissions. They use up precious land and water resources for, essentially, nothing,” said Inger Andersen, executive director of UNEP.
“We all have a role in reducing food waste in our own lives and workplaces. Yes, the burden of food waste and loss is heavy. But if we all get our shoulders beneath this burden, we can shift it,” she added.
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