Global Food Wastage Issues

Did you know that globally, 842 million people are chronically undernourished, while almost two billion suffer from micronutrient deficiencies?

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, 2013. Web. 2 Dec. 2014. 

On the other hand, a third of all food globally is wasted. That’s 1.3 billon tonnes of unconsumed food – enough to feed 868 million of starving people four times! 

Cutting food waste to feed the world. Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, 2011. Web. 2 Dec. 2014.

Food wastage not only causes food prices to increase, making it even harder for the needy on the ground to afford a meal, it also amounts to a massive squandering of resources including water, land, energy, labour, and capital, as well as needlessly produces greenhouse gas emissions, contributing to global warming and climate change. 

Did you know that 10 percent of rich countries' greenhouse gas emissions come from growing food that is never eaten? 

A quarter of all freshwater and 300 million barrels of oil are used to produce food that is wasted – that’s US$250 billion lost globally every year 

Produced but uneaten food vainly occupies almost 1.4 billion hectares of land, representing close to 30 percent of the world’s agricultural land.

"Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations." Global Food Losses and Food Waste. N.p., n.d. Web. 2 Dec. 2014. 

For more information about Global Food Wastage Footprint, you may check out the video created by Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN