International Community Urged to Declare “War on Food Waste”


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mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"”>A quarter of all food calories grown for human consumption is being lost or wasted, either purposefully or otherwise, according to new estimates. 

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mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"”>With high food prices now widely seen as a new normal even as food demand across the globe continues to rapidly expand, advocates and development experts here are calling for concerted national and international action in a way that has not yet been seen. 

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mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"”>"The world faced an analogous failure of efficiency in the 1970s with energy," states a new working paper produced jointly by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Resources Institute (WRI), an environment and development advocacy group based here.

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mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"”>The new findings coincide with the release of surprising new statistics on the extent of hunger across the globe. According to a series of studies published Thursday, malnutrition is responsible for some 45 percent of all deaths of children under five years old – far higher than the roughly one-third that was previously believed.

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mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"”>Here in the United States, food wastage has reportedly grown by 50 percent over the past four decades. On Tuesday, the country's central environmental and agricultural agencies announced a major new initiative aimed at educating consumers and companies about the scale of the country's food waste problem.

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mso-ansi-language:EN-US;mso-fareast-language:EN-US;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA”>"I'm a big believer in the idea that what gets measured gets dealt with," he says. "Just like we saw with regards to climate change and emissions a decade ago, the same thing now needs to take place with food loss and waste. We're not going to start getting a handle on this unless we know how much we're losing and where it's being lost."

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