A new study by the United Nations (UN) has found that 17% of all food produced globally every year gets wasted, amounting to approximately 1.03 billion tons of food.
Food waste is an issue that the globe has been battling for a long time, and COVID-19 has only worsened the problem.
The UN stated that the COVID-19 pandemic “continues generating significant challenges to food security in many countries,” and that it has created disruptions in “supply chains, quarantine measures [and] the closure of much of the hospitality industry”.
COVID-19 has created “high levels of food waste” since the pandemic began last year, which the UN is calling a “global wake-up on the need to transform and rebalance the way our food is produced and consumed.”
According to the Food Waste Index Report of 2021, the issue of food waste also directly impacts the climate.
“The fact that substantial amounts of food are produced but not eaten by humans has substantial negative impacts: environmentally, socially, and economically,” the report found.
“Estimates suggest that 8-10% of global greenhouse gas emissions are associated with food that is not consumed.”
The report also found that some food is also “lost on farms and in supply chains,” which accounts for a third of food that never gets eaten.
In an effort to raise awareness on the issue, the UN has labelled September 29 as the International Day of Awareness of Food Loss and Waste, which will recognize the role that sustainable food production plays in promoting food security and nutrition.
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