Shocking Report Claims Half of Food Produced on Earth is Thrown Away, Not Eaten
It’s devastating to me to know that in this day and age there are people in this world who go to bed hungry at night, who are literally starving to death and yet a new report says that half of the food produced on earth fails to ever reach a human mouth.
In the report called “Global Food; Waste Not, Want Not,” the Institution of Mechanical Engineers said the waste was being caused by poor storage, strict sell-by dates, bulk offers and consumer fussiness. The report said that between 30% and 50% of the four billion tons of food produced around the world each year went to waste. The worst offender is Britain where are much as 30% of veggies aren’t harvested because they’re odd shaped and supermarkets won’t sell them.
But the problem doesn’t just lay within Britain. The problem is also here in the United States and in Europe where the report suggests that half of the food that is brought into both places is thrown away by consumers.
The Institution of Mechanical Engineers also said in their report that “inadequate infrastructure and storage facilities,” as well as “overly strict sell-by dates, buy-one-get-one free offers and consumers demanding cosmetically perfect food,” all contribute to the problem.
Dr Tim Fox, of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers, said:
The amount of food wasted and lost globally is staggering. It could be used to feed the growing population and those in hunger today. It is also a waste of the land, water and energy resources used in the production, processing and distribution of this food.
Need more to get you fired up? The report also found that 1,452,946,287,969,816 gallons of water is wasted globally in growing crops that were never eaten.
I remember when I was a kid and we’d go over to the Dunkin Donuts by my house around the end of the day and they’d give us whatever donuts hadn’t sold because there was a freshness rule and they couldn’t leave them out past a certain period of time. That same Dunkin Donuts now throws their about to go stale donuts in a dumpster and locks it. Why? Because there are laws in place that prevent food outlets and grocery stores from giving away perfectly good food.
I get why these rules and laws are in place. We’re a sue happy society. But the fact that there are people starving and food is being thrown away. That my friends is sad. Really sad.