Half of the worlds food just thrown away.
They say that some of it, in poorer countries, is thrown or not harvested due to improper packaging and/or collecting methods.
The suspermarkets seem to be the worst offenders due to their 'sell by' dates.
The report found that between 30% and 50% of the four billion tonnes of food produced around the world each year went to waste.
Huge amounts of water are wasted on crops that are not picked because of their size, shape or colour and also from all the food that gets thrown
because it was not bought.
As for the 'fussy' customers, this is, I feel, due to the supermarkets telling us what they believe the consumer wants and desires.
Special offers on foods in the shops makes us buy too much, so we waste that which we do not use. So we think we're getting a good deal, but there is
a vasty amount of food behind that deal that is simply wasted. This is, of course, to do with profits for the companies.
Then we have the issue of people starving in various countries. We see constant adverts from charities asking for donations to help feed or give fresh
water to millions of people.
The 'wasted' fresh food is not given to them as part of thisdeal as it is not profitable for the farmers/companies. but we're asked to give money to
support a charitty that has very little power over what food stuffs are actually bought and given out.
We need a rethink on our problem.
On the very same day that this report was released, we find this news;
Tesco has reported its strongest growth in UK Christmas sales for three years.
The country's biggest retailer reported that sales excluding new store openings, VAT and petrol grew 1.8% in the six weeks to 5 January, compared with
the same period last year.
It said food sales had been particularly strong, with customers responding to "a much stronger seasonal offering".
A prime example of profits first..
The West may have almost every food in the world available in their shops, yet there is a major question.. why?
Every country is becoming mixed with people coming and going all the time. Demand for various food types is growing faster than we may be able to keep
up with. Air travel is easy these days and you could pop over to another country to sample their foods in a matter of hours.. Yet people are still
starving to death.
These major corporations are mostly to blame, IMO, as they are profit based and don't want to sell the odd crops that do not meet the 'consumers'
You should go and spend some time in a less fortunate country and see just how well they manage their daily foods and what they are prepared to
harvest and/or buy in order to feed themselves and their families. I've seen some pretty incredible conditions of certain foods being consumed or
bought.. nothing like what we see in our supermarkets.. We see in the UK highly polsihed, waxed, washed, same size and clean fruit and vegetables..
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