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The Conundrum of Food Waste

Environment  (tags: environment, humans, Food Waste, United Nations, Save Food program, Agriculture, Business, climate change, Emissions Reduction, fisheries, Fossil Fuels, Living, Food and Agriculture Organization, hunger )

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Each year, 1.3 billion tons of food -- about one third of all the food produced globally -- ends up wasted even as hundreds of millions of people go hungry. This week, two United Nations agencies opened a global campaign to address that conundrum, calling


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Dee C (229)
Saturday January 26, 2013, 10:05 am
Each year, 1.3 billion tons of food — about one third of all the food produced globally –- ends up wasted even as hundreds of millions of people go hungry. This week, two United Nations agencies opened a global campaign to address that conundrum, calling for changes in the way that food is harvested, transported, processed, sold and consumed.

The Think, Eat, Save initiative, organized by the United Nations Environment Program and the Food and Agriculture Organization with partners, underlines the disparities between food production and consumption patterns in developed and developing countries.

Robert van Otterdijk, the team leader for the F.A.O.’s Save Food program, said that a 2011 study by his group found that just a quarter of the food lost annually would suffice to feed the world’s hungry.

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Kit B (276)
Saturday January 26, 2013, 10:09 am

Those who live in countries that HAVE do not understand the needs of those HAVE NOT, and what is more basic than food needs? Very good article and it's good that some ideas are being attempted.

Tim C (2420)
Saturday January 26, 2013, 11:26 am

Agnes N (703)
Saturday January 26, 2013, 3:00 pm
Thanks Dee..done and shared in green group

penny C (83)
Saturday January 26, 2013, 3:20 pm
Thanks Dee.

Alice C (1797)
Saturday January 26, 2013, 3:48 pm
We compost food waste here at our organic farm.

Roger H (24)
Saturday January 26, 2013, 3:59 pm
The big problem here in America is that there are starving people in our own country that we ignore also. Rather than try to help them, we justify our lack of empathy by excusing it as if they were all lazy, or want to starve to death or that they are trying to "milk the system". With the economy the way it has been since 2008, anyone can loose their job and/or their home. I know of several people that lost their jobs and homes and had to live on the streets.

Süheyla C (234)
Saturday January 26, 2013, 6:47 pm
Thanks Dee

Judy C (91)
Saturday January 26, 2013, 11:54 pm
This is a problem that should be fairly simple to solve, if people are made aware of it. Anywhere that food is being wasted, people can look for ways to get this food distributed as quickly and efficiently as possible to people who can use it, or at least to use as animal feed or compost. There should be little or no waste if people decide to make this a priority. The article points out some new efforts in this direction that will work. This is very important! Thanks, Dee.

Ben O (135)
Sunday January 27, 2013, 3:42 am
I don't get it, I can't afford to waste any food...

Past Member (0)
Sunday January 27, 2013, 7:11 am
If we cut down food wast in North America, or Europe, How does that help people in Africa, Asia, or South America? And it's not even a continent, how can I distribut food from one local to another. I think the details makes for even more complications. And if a person consumes food they do not need, does that make the waste even higher?

Michela M (3964)
Sunday January 27, 2013, 9:04 am

Nancy M (147)
Sunday January 27, 2013, 1:03 pm
Waste. Funny thing. Yeah, we are thinking here of the food we each watse (or not) and yet how much food is lost before it even gets anywhere?

And what do we do with that waste. Every town should have a composting facility for food and yard waste. Of course many of us do compost at home. And every landfill should harvest that methane to use for other purposes- heating for example.

Sandi C (96)
Sunday January 27, 2013, 3:07 pm
too much is wasted.

Dee C (229)
Sunday January 27, 2013, 3:14 pm
It just breaks my heart thinking of anyone..child/adult/animals going hungry..And then to know just how much waste is out there..just sad..

That's a great idea Nancy..There really is no excuse for all of the waste..

Seeing food wasted really ticks me off..I always did a big compost..had awesome gardens..veggies..fruits..herbs..Nothing went to waste..

Rose Becke (141)
Sunday January 27, 2013, 3:32 pm
A great post Dee TY

mar l ene dinkins (264)
Sunday January 27, 2013, 3:51 pm
notato E firmato. sono daccordo Dee. its very sad!!!! grazie

Christeen A (299)
Sunday January 27, 2013, 3:55 pm
We must all stop this food waste. There are so many that need help. Thank you.

SCOPO Center (13)
Sunday January 27, 2013, 4:29 pm
I agree that Americans waste a lot of food but disagree it is a conundrum. I think it is a cultural thing that resulted from bad habit

Nimue Michelle Pendragon Gaze (339)
Monday January 28, 2013, 1:17 am

Ingo S (8)
Monday January 28, 2013, 1:48 am

Past Member (0)
Monday January 28, 2013, 5:12 am

TOM T (247)
Monday January 28, 2013, 6:51 am
Thanks Dee.

Past Member (0)
Monday January 28, 2013, 7:00 am
This is very sad to see, especially when there are many people on a global and domestic level that are having difficulties obtaining food. I think restaurants/convenience stores should find a way to get these products into foodbanks and shelters before just tossing it because it passed the "fresh" mark. I also think that when we make individual purchases we should be wise with our purchases (but I imagine because food is so easy to access) that we dispose of it easy/take it for granted. If we had to grow our own food perhaps our attitudes would change and we would be more efficient with our food purchases and consumption. I really think if we cannot change our food wasting habit then perhaps we can use the food to produce some sort of fuel (since that seems to be another habit we cannot shake so easily). Just some thoughts :o)

Ro H (0)
Monday January 28, 2013, 7:32 am

Renee Paxton (2)
Monday January 28, 2013, 8:46 am
for over a year now i have been eating what we call "pig food". a farmer i know was getting "old" fruit and vegetables daily from a grocery store, brought it to the farm . we would go through the boxes and take out what we wanted to eat - the majority going to the pigs because we always found way more food for us than we could eator freeze or can. I am glad for the food snd nothing goes to waste but so much of the food has nothing wrong with it.

Dee C (229)
Monday January 28, 2013, 9:16 am
As Ben said.."I don't get it, I can't afford to waste any food... "

Same here..but more so that so many are without a simple meal..I don't know how any one could be wasteful knowing that others are going hungry..

This is indeed a conundrum..I don't get why food places cannot be more giving rather than just throw out their food..
It's very puzzling and a shame..


Nancy M (147)
Monday January 28, 2013, 10:36 am
Part of the problem too is that charities are picky. IN many places you can't donate something that is already prepared. If a restaurant has a big batch of chili or soup or fried chicken or whatever- they have no place to donate it. If it is past its prime, the only thing they can do it toss it.

Yes, I too wish that it weren't that way.

Natalie V (28)
Monday January 28, 2013, 5:21 pm
noted, thanks

Carmen S (611)
Tuesday January 29, 2013, 5:22 am
Thanks Dee for this article that brings up some important point. Agree there is way too much waste, and yet, as Nancy said, there are people and organizations that want to donate food but no one will take it for various reasons.

Dee C (229)
Tuesday January 29, 2013, 6:55 am
My sister works in a deli..She said the things that are just tossed and wasted daily are truly sinful..And they are not past prime..I know there are some places that mark things down..and that is good and I am sure it helps some..but still the waste is just awful..

Tim C (2420)
Sunday February 17, 2013, 10:38 am
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