Food waste and World Environment Day

The theme for World Environment Day 2013 was Think.Eat.Save. Held on the 5th June is was an anti-food waste and food loss campaign which hopes to encourage everyone to reduce your foodprint. How? By providing us with information about the environmental impact of our food choices and helping us make more informed decisions.

Food waste facts according to FOA (http://www.unep.org/wed/theme/ and http://www.unep.org/wed/quickfacts/)

  • every year 1.3 billion tonnes of food is wasted
  • 1 in every 7 people in the world go to bed hungry
  • more than 20,000 children under the age of 5 die daily from hunger
  • estimates that a third of global food production is either wasted or lost
  • food loss and waste also amount to a major squandering of resources, including water, land, energy, labour and capital and needlessly produce greenhouse gas emissions, contributing to global warming and climate change
  • is an enormous drain on natural resources and a contributor to negative environmental impacts
  • when food is wasted then also is all the resources and inputs used in the production of all the food are also lost
  • 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
    global food production is the largest single driver of biodiversity loss and land-use change
  • in developing countries food waste and losses occur mainly at early stages of the food value chain
  • in medium and high-income countries food is wasted and lost mainly at later stages in the supply chain

While I am a year behind I thought this concept would be a good starting point for my project. How might I be able to work towards consuming sustainability? How can I take action within my everyday life to reduce food waste, save money, minimise the environmental impact of food production and waste? It starts with me making smarter decisions and changing my habits. For example, choosing local organic foods that do not use chemicals in the production process and are not need to be shipped across the globe to get to me. Every time I think I have narrowed down an idea for my project, I find more interesting information and I become uncertain again.

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