Study finds massive global waste of food, despite lack of food security
May 16, 2011
In the context of global population increases and growing concerns for prices and lack of food security, a new study from the Swedish Institute for Food and Biotechnology finds that one third of the world's food products are wasted, according to a recent report from BBC.
The study was commissioned by the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and it looked at both developed and under-developed countries, and the differences in food waste and food loss.
Poor countries often lose food in the process of production, due to lack of sufficient technology and proper procedures. However, richer nations are wasting food in massive quantities, the report found.
More than 200 pounds of wasted food per year has been attributed to each consumer in Europe and North America.
This is due to unconsumed food going to waste, including household trash as well as grocery stores that have not sold their products.
With the population growths of countries like India and China dominating much of the concern on food security, countries must become more aware of the quantities of lost food that could otherwise feed the hungry. India has a population of 1.2 billion, according to the CIA World Factbook, while China has a population of 1.3 billion.