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FOOD LOSS EPIDEMIC

FOOD LOSS EPIDEMIC
FOOD LOSS EPIDEMIC
The world’s population is expected to reach a whopping 9.7 billion by the year 2050. If we’re unable to feed everyone right now (30% of world population suffer from hunger), how can we possibly do it when there are billions more people on Earth?  A study recently published in the journal Bioscience suggests that overall food production will need to increase by anywhere from 25-70% between now and 2050.  

According to the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), an estimated one-third of all food produced for human use, valued at $1 trillion, is lost or wasted each year.

In the book Food Foolish, authors John M. Mandyck and Eric B. Schultz translate that statistic into relatable terms:

“Imagine purchasing three bags of groceries. While driving home, toss half of one bag of food onto the road. That represents the loss that occurs during harvest, processing and distribution. Arrive home and immediately toss the other half of the bag into the trash. That’s the waste experienced by retailers and consumers.”

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