Food waste does negatively impact the hungry in impoverished communities. Roughly one third of the food produced in the world for human consumption every year — approximately 1.3 billion tonnes — gets lost or wasted. Fruits and vegetables, plus roots and tubers have the highest wastage rates of any food at 45%. Nearly half of the produce grown is wasted. Even if just one-fourth of the food currently lost or wasted globally could be saved, it would be enough to feed 870 million #hungry people in the world.
We have to focus on the lack of healthy food items available to those who are hungry, but also the amount of those food items in landfills. If we stop buying what we are not going to eat, demand for those items will decrease. Causing the manufacturers to adjust the amount they produce. At the same time market forces will cause greater production of fresh foods if demand for them increase.
It is exciting that we are have videos like this one shining the light on issues which are having a negative impact on individual lives as well as the planet on a whole. Maybe I have to pull out my “farmer” dancing and singing moves, show ya’ll what’s-up! How the #food system works for the benefit of a community and the possible positive outcomes we can have is worth singing about. But I will probably need some different clothes.
Seriously, food waste is a factor in fighting food insecurity. We at Invincible City Farms offer a recycling program which will exchange 5lbs of green food scraps for 1lb of fresh fruits and vegetables. This program strengthens and supports our soil, improves the nutritional qualities of our produce we offer and overall #sustainability of the farm. The program supports better landfill management as well, which is good for the planet.
- The food currently lost or wasted in Latin America could feed 300 million people.
- The food currently wasted in Europe could feed 200 million people.
- The food currently lost in Africa could feed 300 million people.