Reblogged from The Flexitarian –
Today is World Environment Day and the theme for 2013 is Think.Eat.Save.
Food waste is a huge problem for our planet. According to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), on the one hand every year 1.3 billion tonnes of food is wasted while on the other hand 1 in every 7 people in the world go to bed hungry and more than 20,000 children under the age of 5 die daily from hunger.
Food production puts a monumental strain on natural resources so as food gets wasted so is everything else that went into its production. The FAO remind us that it takes about 1,000 litres of water to produce 1 litre of milk and about 16,000 litres goes into a cow’s food to make a hamburger.
The global food production occupies 25% of all habitable land and is responsible for 70% of fresh water consumption, 80% of deforestation, and 30% of greenhouse gas emissions. It is the largest single driver of biodiversity loss and land-use change (Source: FAO).
We all have our part to play and by making sure we do not waste food we can help preserve the environment.