I really like this blog post by makanaka… As the global population grows, issues like food wastage have become increasingly crucial. This post shows just how much we waste. It is astonishing really! 45% of all fruits and veges are wasted.. and I’d believe too. 30% of fish.. I believe this too…

Who are the worst culprits… us. The West. With our picky eating habits – our need for fully processed vegetables, and white blemish free boneless fish. All I can say here is mea culpa! I am definately one of these wasterful eaters… But I am going to change this…. I am!

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The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) together with the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has begun a campaign to encourage simple actions by consumers and food retailers to cut the 1.3 billion tonnes of food lost or wasted every year.

“In industrialised regions, almost half of the total food squandered, around 300 million tonnes annually, occurs because producers, retailers and consumers discard food that is still fit for consumption,” the Director-General of FAO, José Graziano da Silva, said. “This is more than the total net food production of Sub-Saharan Africa, and would be sufficient to feed the estimated 870 million people hungry in the world.”

Indeed this is the point. The industrialised agriculture and the attendant food retail and sales system is responsible – directly – for encouraging such consumer behaviour. If the FAO and UNEP are determined to follow the logic of their campaign, they must stop encouraging…

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