“Even the most sustainably farmed food does us no good if the food is never eaten.”
141 trillion: the number of calories thrown into the dumpster every day.
1,249 calories per capita in the United States are discarded and 30- 40% of that food waste is at the consumer level. We are going to talk about world hunger, global waste, and what we might do in our own refrigerator to make a difference.
There Is Enough Food For The World
For every person on the planet, the current per capita food availability is 2,220 calories! Of course, we know they aren’t so evenly distributed.
Food waste has now far outpaced world hunger. In 1990, 1 out of every 4 people were hungry on a global level and in 2015, the number was reported as 1 out of 9. Most world hunger is located in war zones and nearly all of it is associated with poverty.
Unstable governments, war, no land access, and poverty contribute to global hunger. These are complex issues that combine to work against us and they require our attention. Many of the areas heaviest-hit by hunger do not have usable, arid land immediately accessible to them. Food has to be trucked in, or we could take the long-term approach and invest in the reversal of desertification.
FAO (the agricultural arm of the United Nations) shows that agricultural development of low-income nations is five times more effective than other hunger-reducing initiatives. In the end, creating sustainable agriculture around the world will be a major component to the solution.
Global Food Waste
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