Nearly half of the world's food ends up as waste, report finds

From Global development | The Guardian Thu Jan 10 2013, 01:00:01

Figures from the Institution of Mechanical Engineers show as much as 2bn tonnes of food never makes it on to a plate

As much as half of all the food produced in the world - equivalent to 2bn tonnes - ends up as waste every year, engineers warned in a report published on Thursday.

The UK's Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IME) blames the "staggering" new figures in its analysis on unnecessarily strict sell-by dates, buy-one-get-one free and Western consumer demand for cosmetically perfect food, along with "poor engineering and agricultural practices", inadequate infrastructure and poor storage facilities.

In the face of United Nations predictions that there could be about an extra 3 billion people to feed by the end of the century and growing pressure on the resources needed to produce food, including land, water and energy, the IME is calling for urgent action to tackle this waste.

[view whole blog post ]
 See More    |     Report Abuse


You might also be interested in the following news stories:

Africa:   As Internet Access Expands in Africa, so does Cyber Harassment (guest column)
allAfrica.com
4 May 2016

As internet access increases across Africa, it is giving our citizens new development opportunities and freedom of expression. But there’s a dark side to this transformation. Trolling, hacking, ... [read more]

Cote d'Ivoire:   Nation Sweetens Up With First Locally Made Chocolate (news)
Deutsche Welle
4 May 2016

Ivory Coast is the world's biggest cocoa producer but for a long time it couldn't process the cocoa beans into chocolate. That is about to change now with the introduction of chocolate "Made in Ivory ... [read more]

Ghana:   Former First Lady for Presidency? (news)
Deutsche Welle
4 May 2016

Ghana's former first lady Nana Konadu Agyemang Rawlings has been nominated by her party to vie for the presidency in the upcoming general elections. If elected, she says, fighting corruption will be a ... [read more]



blogAfrica is allAfrica.com's platform to help you keep an ear on the African blogosphere. We draw diverse voices from around the world who post regularly and insightfully about African issues. Bloggers, submit your blog's rss-feed!


Today's Featured News
Mozambique Ruling Party Faces Tough Contest

Renamo supporters: Ruling Frelimo faces a stern challenge at Wednesday's polls from...

Surge in Central African Republic Violence

African Union troops in Bangui (file photo): The UN has expressed alarm...

Nigeria, Cameroon, Ghana Get Crucial Wins

Asamoah Gyan of Ghana (file photo): The Super Eagles have boosted their...