A lot has been written about wasted food while millions of children are dying because of food shortages and due to poverty.
Most people think end consumers, significant waste occurs well before food arrives on grocery shelves, waste food.
Some farmers don’t produce as much as they could because they lack transportation means, or due to terrible or non-existent highways. This must be considered “lost” production potential.
In many developing countries food storage facilities are so poor and inadequate that much of what is produced rots, or is often eaten by rodents or other animals.
Poor transpiration facilities cause considerable waste too.
Then think about distribution systems. In an efficient system “fresh food” can reach Toronto from California (approximately 3000 kms.) in three to four days, then stored in the food terminal for another day or two until it can be offered for sale.
If foods are properly packaged and transported in refrigerated trucks or heated containers, they can arrive at their destination intact.
Retailers try to sell highly perishable vegetables and fruits as quickly as possible, yet if you ever examine the garbage bins of retailers you will be astounded to find still perfectly edible foods, albeit a little tattered.
The North American consumer is obsessed with looks and blemishes. There is in fact nothing wrong with slightly blemished but still perfectly sound fruits or vegetables.
Finally, the consumer is responsible for a lot of waste – first by buying more than needed, and getting tired of eating the same food in two consecutive days, then failing to buy more frequently rather once a week, or once every second week.
It is amazing to see how much food singles discard, or often couples, who cook too much at once, and then refuse to eat leftovers.
It is claimed that if everything from production to grocery stress occurs efficiently, and consumers buy carefully, 22 million more people can be fed.
|Writer – Hrayr Berberoglu – E-mail – Read his books?
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