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2013-12-16

Food Waste is Ammo for GMO


If you're expecting a new study to be discussed...sorry, not today. This post is one of those rare Public Service Announcements and related to the festive food binging that's upon us (or past, with the unusually early Hanukkah this year). However, with so much food so readily available, we need to be mindful about food waste.

Save-Food.org is a joint initiative from the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and Messe Düsseldorf GmbH, which aims to engage the food industry in tackling food wastage around the world. According to FAO figures, it would take just a quarter of the food waste (that which is lost in production, at retail, and by the end consumer) to feed all of the world’s hungry! Yes, you just read that right! This means that if we cut food waste by 25%, we no longer have use for GMO food (since feeding the growing population of hungry peeps is the main argument used by these nefarious corporations).

About $990bn worth of food is currently lost or wasted each year. This is about seven times the amount spent on development aid in 2011-12. Just like on the health side, we say "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure," for the food production side, it's always easier and more efficient to limit losses (along the entire supply chain, including by the final consumer) than increase production.

Cutting food waste is the lowest hanging fruit in tackling world hunger and fighting the increasing use of GMO crops. So this Holiday Season, think twice about the amount of food you purchase and prepare for your guests. Think back at how many leftovers you had last year, and buy accordingly this year. Finish what's on your plate before going for seconds. Think twice before you stuff your face with that third plate...do you really need to be uncomfortably full to feel you've had a good meal?

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3 comments:

  1. Great facts and stats! Thanks for sharing :)

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  2. Excuse me, can u tell me what year are those data taken? 2013?
    because i would like to include this data into my presentation which i will be presenting tomorrow.
    Pls reply back, thank you.

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    1. If you visit save-food.org, you should be able to find the source of their information. It's likely the most current info, but I'm unsure what year it's from (there's usually a lag in the data, so it's probably a year or two old).
      Good luck with your presentation!

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