28 Jul '11, 11am

Worldwide approximately 1/3 of all the food we produce is lost or wasted:

Worldwide approximately 1/3 of all the food we produce is lost or wasted:

We waste an enormous amount of food. A recent report by the U.N.'s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) found that worldwide approximately one-third of all the food we produce is lost or wasted. And it's not just a problem for landfills. We could address a significant component of worldwide food demand as well as the need to increase agricultural productivity simply by wasting less food. As it is, 2 percent of U.S. energy production goes toward food that ends up in the trash, according to Jonathan Bloom , author of American Wasteland . And the Environmental Working Group found that wasted food accounts for 20 percent of the carbon emissions from meat and dairy production. One helpful strategy for reducing waste has been the rediscovery of thrifty styles of cooking, such as with the trend of "nose-to-tail" meat eating. (No, it's good! Really !) But of course, vegetables ...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/sustainable-food/2011-07-28-from-nos...

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