Some 2.5 billion tonnes of food is lost on farms or wasted by retailers and consumers each year.


A report revealed Wednesday by the World Wildlife Fund and UK grocery retailer Tesco (TSCDF) reveals that the quantity of food misplaced is almost double earlier estimates by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, which final performed an evaluation of whole waste from farm to fork in 2011.

Food misplaced on farms quantities to 1.2 billion metric tons, with an extra 931 million metric tons wasted by retailers and shoppers. The the rest is misplaced throughout transport, storage, manufacturing and processing.

The up to date figures point out that 40% of all food produced goes uneaten, in keeping with the examine, which makes an attempt to quantify the quantity of food wasted on farms for the primary time in a decade.

“We have known for years that food loss and waste is a huge problem that can be minimized, which in turn could reduce the impact of food systems on nature and climate,” Pete Pearson, world food loss and waste initiative lead at WWF mentioned in a statement.

“This report shows us the problem is likely bigger than we had thought,” he added.

According to the examine, food waste accounts for 10% of all greenhouse gasoline emissions, greater than a earlier estimate of 8%.

That’s the equal of practically twice the annual emissions produced by all of the vehicles pushed within the United States and Europe, the place in latest days raging wildfires and catastrophic floods have served as a painful reminder of the grave threats posed by the local weather disaster.

“Producing food uses a huge amount of land, water and energy, so wasted food significantly impacts climate change,” the report mentioned.

Despite its outsized impact on the surroundings, simply 11 of the nationwide carbon plans submitted by 192 signatories to the Paris local weather settlement embody measures to handle food loss and waste.

Most of the plans that do come from African nations tackling post-harvest losses, although farming in additional industrialized nations, with greater ranges of mechanization, is an even bigger contributor to food waste than beforehand thought.

Richer international locations in Europe, North America and Asia contribute 58% of wasted harvests globally regardless of having solely 37% of the worldwide inhabitants, in keeping with the report. Yet efforts to scale back food waste in wealthier international locations are likely to deal with retail and consumption.

(*1*)Some 2.5 billion tonnes of food is lost on farms or wasted by retailers and consumers each year.

“Farm-stage food loss is a significant but overlooked food waste hotspot,” the report mentioned. The causes for the waste embody a disconnect between markets and farmers, which may result in mismatches within the quantity of manufacturing, the kinds of crops planted and the timing of harvest.

Unfair buying and selling practices and the upper precedence given to exported crops by farmers and governments over these for home consumption are additionally elements.

The report calls on governments and the food trade to set food waste discount targets, measure and report waste and devise methods to handle it inside operations and provide chains.

Tesco CEO Ken Murphy mentioned that a number of of the retailer’s suppliers will report on their very own farm food loss and waste for the primary time this year, “helping us to tackle waste in the earliest parts of our supply chain.” The firm has been working with 71 of its largest world suppliers to scale back food waste, reporting a discount of greater than 40% when in comparison with a 2016-2017 baseline, Murphy added.

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