Considering that 795 million people around the world go hungry on any given day, it is shocking that many of us throw away food on a daily basis. In fact, one-third of all food produced globally goes to waste each year, amounting to 1.3 billion tons of wasted food with a value exceeding $1 trillion. According to a recently published report by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), global hunger could be alleviated if just 25 percent of the food wasted each year was saved instead. While food loss along the production line is a large contributor to waste in developing countries, in developed countries, food wastage tends to occur after it reaches the supermarket.
By substantially cutting back on the food waste we generate or reducing the amount of food we send to the landfill, we could not only reduce world hunger but also reduce demands on resources such as energy and water, or it can be recycled to produce energy that can be put to better use elsewhere. Imagine if everyone on the planet could take a daily shower, or if electricity generated from food waste could be used to provide power to a field hospital. And what might the educational benefits be if every school-aged child had access to the internet?
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