World loses/wastes 1/4 to 1/3 of food produced for consumption [World Bank infographic]

I feel uneasy when the young ‘uns won’t eat their tomatoes and think to dispose of them.
So a reminder.

“Food loss and waste a barrier to poverty reduction.” World Bank media release, 27 Feb 2014 and “Food Waste: Doing the Math,” by José Cuesta. Voices, 27 Feb 2014.

WorldBank info graphic:
Food waste, 2014

See also, “Pope Francis says wasting food is like stealing from the poor,” by Josephine McKenna. The Telegraph, 05 Jun 2013.

The pontiff dedicated his weekly audience in St Peter’s Square to the United Nations World Environment Day to draw attention to the excesses of consumerism and food wastage.

“This culture of waste has made us insensitive even to the waste and disposal of food, which is even more despicable when all over the world, unfortunately, many individuals and families are suffering from hunger and malnutrition,” the Pope said.

“Once our grandparents were very careful not to throw away any leftover food. Consumerism has led us to become used to an excess and daily waste of food, to which, at times we are no longer able to give a just value.

“Throwing away food is like stealing from the table of the poor and the hungry,” he said.


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