Almost half of the world's food thrown away, report finds

Published on 10 January 2013

As much as half of the world's food, amounting to two billion tonnes worth, ends up being thrown away, a UK-based report has claimed. The Institution of Mechanical Engineers said the waste was being caused by poor storage, strict sell-by dates, bulk offers and consumer fussiness. (..) The report - Global Food; Waste Not, Want Not - also found that huge amounts of water, totalling 550 billion cubic metres, were being used to grow crops that were never eaten. (..) The United Nations predicts there will be an extra three billion mouths to feed by 2075 as the global population swells to 9.5 billion.

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