Global Campaign Targets Food Waste

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You’ve heard of a carbon footprint. Now, a new global campaign wants you to reduce your “foodprint.”

Every year, 1.3 billion tons of food is lost or wasted by consumers and retailers around the world. This is more than the net total food production of Sub-Saharan Africa, and enough to feed the estimated 900 million people hungry in the world, according to the Food and Agricultural Organization.

A new campaign called Think, Eat, Save aims to dramatically reduce the amount of food lost and wasted around the world.

“Worldwide, about one-third of all food produced, worth around US$1 trillion, gets lost or wasted in food production and consumption systems,” says the campaign’s press release.

“Food loss occurs mostly at the production stages – harvesting, processing and distribution – while food waste typically takes place at the retailer and consumer end of the food-supply chain.”

The Think, Eat, Save campaign serves as a one-stop shop for news and resources for people and projects around the world fighting food loss and waste. The campaign’s website also hopes to inspire others to come on board, offering simple tips to help consumers and retailers reduce food waste.

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“In a world of seven billion people, set to grow to nine billion by 2050, wasting food makes no sense – economically, environmentally and ethically,” says UN Under-Secretary-General and UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner in the press release.

The Think, Eat, Save campaign represents a partnership between United Nations Environmental Programme, Food and Agriculture Organization and partners, in support of the UN Secretary-General’s Zero Hunger Challenge.