"Millions Go Hungry As A Billion Meals Binned Every Day, Says UN Report"

"UN Food Waste Index report also finds global food wastage is big contributor to climate crisis"

"More than a billion meals are thrown away every day, in poor countries as well as rich ones, despite more than 730 million people living in hunger around the world.

About a fifth of food is wasted, sometimes through profligacy or poor planning, sometimes from a lack of access to refrigeration or storage, according to the UN Food Waste Index report, published on Wednesday, at a global cost of about $1tn a year.

Households are responsible for most of the world’s food waste – about 60% of the 1bn tonnes of food thrown away annually. But commercial food systems are also a substantial contributor: food services accounted for 28% of waste, and retail for about 12% in 2022, the latest data available."

Fiona Harvey reports for the Guardian March 27, 2024.

Source: Guardian, 03/28/2024