Global Food Waste Now At Shamefully High Levels
WASHINGTON, Feb 27 (Reuters) – The world loses or wastes a staggering 25 percent to 33 percent of the food it produces for consumption, losses that can mean the difference between an adequate diet and malnutrition in many countries, the World Bank said in a report released on Thursday.
“The amount of food wasted and lost globally is shameful,” said Jim Yong Kim, president of the World Bank.
“Millions of people around the world go to bed hungry every night, and yet millions of tonnes of food end up in trash cans or spoiled on the way to market.”
In regions where undernourishment is common, such as Africa and South Asia, the food losses translate to 400 to 500 calories per person, per day. In the developed world, the losses can be more like 750 to 1,500 per day. Click here for more information.