01 Jun '11, 8pm

Globally, 1/3 of all food produced for human consumption ends up wasted.

Globally, 1/3 of all food produced for human consumption ends up wasted.

Waste not, want not: In order to meet global food demand, we should decrease food waste instead of expanding agriculture. Photo: Christoph Lupprich Cross-posted from Cool Green Science . A new report by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations finds that globally, roughly one-third of all food produced for human consumption is wasted. But why is that bad news -- and potentially good news -- for nature? First, the bad news: Agriculture is the dominant way people use land, covering about 12 billion acres, roughly 36 percent, of the Earth's land surface -- and conversion of land to agricultural purposes is one of the primary threats to critical habitats like grasslands, forests, and even deserts. When you waste one-third of the food that agriculture produces, it's adding insult to injury for nature. The picture might look even bleaker when you conside...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/food/2011-06-01-why-wasting-food-was...

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