Global Food: Waste Not, Want Not | A Report

Feeding the 9 billion by 2030 is not an easy task because of the tragedy of 50 percent food waste! Production is not a problem, rather it is a governance problem!

A report Global Food: Waste Not, Want Not worth exploring !

Waste happens-

  • It is estimated that 30–50% (or 1.2–2 billion tonnes) of all food produced on the planet is lost before reaching a human stomach.
  • In the UK, seven million tonnes of food valued at about £10 billion is thrown away from homes every year.
  • In India, 21 million tonnes of wheat is wasted each year due to inadequate storage and distribution systems.
  • In south East Asian countries, losses of rice can range from 37–80% of the entire production.
  • Over 2.5 trillion m3 of water is consumed by the global agricultural sector each year.
  • Loss is not a loss merely of the nutritious material itself but also of the land, water and energy resources that were expended in its production, processing and distribution to the point of loss.

Can be-

  • Improved harvesting systems in developing nations must be supported by efficient storage and distribution systems.
  • improvements must be made at all stages in the chain of production, distribution and storage, from the producer/farmer right into the consumer’s home.

“This report has been produced ( by The Institution of Mechanical Engineers) in the context of the Institution’s strategic themes of Energy, Environment, Education, Manufacturing and Transport, and its vision of ‘Improving the world through engineering’.” Link to read full report.

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Food security: we throw away a third of the food we grow – here’s what to do about waste

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