Food Loss Of Food

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Every person in America is guilty of this almost daily in some way or another, and that is wasting food by either letting it rot in your refrigerator, taking too much at dinner and throwing what is left into the garbage for some varmint to rummage through later, or even in the production process by throwing away a perfectly good potato because it doesn’t meet the size requirement for processing. In America, it’s something we don’t think about; rather it’s just a habit that causes us to lose money on that wasted food. Something we seem to forget about, however, is the fact that there are starving people in other parts of the world that could have benefitted from that. Contrariwise, American’s are not the only ones that can be accused of this heinous habit, because the rest of the world is just as bad at it. Food loss and food waste is a global problem that needs to be reduced to not only benefit people financially and protect the environment, but attempt to solve the food security equation. Surprisingly, approximately one third of the food produced in the world for human consumption gets lost or wasted annually. That amount totals to nearly 1.3 billion tons of food wasted according to the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP): Environment for Development website. It’s hard to believe that consumers in richer countries waste almost as much food as the entire net food production of sub-Saharan Africa that totaling near 230 million tons, because this ridiculous amount wasted could have been used more resourcefully. In more developed countries, food losses occur due to more financial, managerial and technical restrictions in harvesting, storing, and cooling techniques for food manufacturing. The UNEP website stresses that to red... ... middle of paper ... ...d up rotting in the back of the refrigerator. In the end, I think everything points back to what the consumer demands. Retailers want to satisfy the consumers so they will only sell the best quality of products. However, we tend to forget those people in other parts of the world that could have been eating the perfectly edible food. Food security is becoming an issue that needs more attention as the population continues to grow in size. I think after reviewing the statistical facts about the food waste in our world we could help those that are insecure and need food. Is this a solution to the food security equation? No. It is not. However, I do think that it is an attempt to achieving an extent of the food security throughout the world. It may be a challenge, but it is one of the most attainable goals in the world and easier to confront society with in the end.
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