Farms are wasting 1 billion tons of food. That's a disaster for the climate | CNN Business
July 21, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.
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About 2.5 billion metric tons of food is wasted around the world each year, roughly half of which is lost on farms including in Europe and the United States. That's having a huge impact on the climate.
About 2. 5 billion metric tons of food is wasted around the world each year, roughly half of which is lost on farms including in Europe and the United States.
“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, global food loss and waste initiative lead at WWF said in a statement.
“Producing food uses a huge amount of land, water and energy, so wasted food significantly impacts climate change,” the report said.
Most of the plans that do come from African nations tackling post-harvest losses, even though farming in more industrialized nations, with higher levels of mechanization, is a bigger contributor to food waste than previously thought.
Tesco CEO Ken Murphy said that several of the retailer’s suppliers will report on their own farm food loss and waste for the first time this year, “helping us to tackle waste in the earliest parts of our supply chain. ” The company has been working with 71 of its largest global suppliers to reduce food waste, reporting a reduction of more than 40% when compared to a 2016-2017 baseline, Murphy added.