World Environment Day :: 5th June 2013

Today it the World Environment Day, an annual event aimed to celebrate positive environmental action organised by UNEP [the United Nations Environmental Program], and this year’s theme is Think.Eat.Save. It concentrates on the idea of reducing food waste and food loss to reduce individual and aggregated footprint. According to FAO, every year 1.3 billion tonnes of food is wasted and per capita food loss in Europe and North-America is 280-300 kg/year. At the same time, 1 in every 7 people in the world go to bed hungry and more than 20,000 children under the age of 5 die daily from hunger.

While the planet is struggling to provide us with enough resources to sustain its 7 billion people (growing to 9 billion by 2050), FAO estimates that a third of global food production is either wasted or lost. Food waste is an enormous drain on natural resources and a contributor to negative environmental impacts.If food is wasted, it means that all the resources and inputs used in the production of all the food are also lost. For example, it takes about 1,000 litres of water to produce 1 litre of milk and about 16,000 litres goes into a cow’s food to make a hamburger. The resulting greenhouse gas emissions from the cows themselves, and throughout the food supply chain, all end up in vain when we waste food.

In fact, the global food production occupies 25% of all habitable land and is responsible for 70% of fresh water consumption, 80% of deforestation, and 30% of greenhouse gas emissions. It is the largest single driver of biodiversity loss and land-use change.

So think before you eat and help save our environment!

In Turin last week there has a been a great event concerning food waste, Eating City, which on Sunday the 2nd of June provided 3000 free lunches created with good and valuable food that would have been wasted. An amazing initiative that saw a great participation!

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