Food waste and global emissions

Food, even before reaching the consumers’ plate, accounts for eight to 10 percent of global emissions, said a new UN report.”

Businesses, governments and citizens around the world have to do their part to reduce food waste,” said Inger Andersen, Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Program.

He added, “Reducing food waste would cut greenhouse gas emissions, slow the destruction of nature through land conversion and pollution, enhance the availability of food and thus reduce hunger and save money at a time of global recession.”

Even developing countries are wasting food.

Strikingly, household per capita food waste has been broadly similar across country income groups, suggesting that action on food waste is equally relevant in high, upper-middle and lower-middle-income countries.

Such wastage was happening when over 690 million people were affected by hunger in 2019, before coronavirus hit.

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