Report: Half the World’s Food Wasted

Members of the "Comida Basura" ("Junk Food") activist group, which aims to raise awareness on the wasting of food, serve and eat a meal made from fruits and vegetables selected from trash cans outside stores, in Madrid, on June 28, 2012. Activists of the "Comida Basura" movement are organizing free dinners in a courtyard garden in Madrid using left over produce taken from trash bins outside supermarkets and smaller food and vegetable stores. The members carefully select the ingredients which are still fine to use for cooking. The collective calls on people to not waste food, especially in a time of economic crisis, and helps in a practical way people affected by the crisis or simply facing a difficult financial situation by offering them free meals. AFP PHOTO / DOMINIQUE FAGET        (Photo credit should read DOMINIQUE FAGET/AFP/GettyImages)

    Food consumption in Madrid. (Dominique Faget/AFP/Getty)

    Half the world’s food, up to 2 billion tons, is “just thrown away,” according to study released Thursday. Four billion tons of food is produced each year, but between 30 percent and 50 percent of it is never eaten, partially due to factors such as poor infrastructure and storage facilities, strict expiration dates, “get one free” offers, and, lastly, consumer fussiness. Half the food in Europe and the U.S. is thrown away after it is bought. Meanwhile, the study said, the demand for water in food production could reach 10 million to 13 million cubic meters a year by 2050—more than triple the amount of fresh water used by humans today.

    Read it at The Independent