Engineers have warned that nearly half of all food produced in the world ends up as waste every single year, reports greenwisebusiness.co.uk.
The amount of food going to waste – equivalent to two billion tonnes – is down to unnecessarily strict sell-by dates, buy-one-get-one-free offers, unsatisfactory storage facilities and “poor engineering and agricultural practices”, according to the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IME).
As figures from the United Nations predict, there could be an extra three billion people to feed by the end of the century, there is a growing pressure for institutions to tackle this problem, claim IME.
In addition, as much as 30 per cent of vegetable crops are not harvested due to their failure to meet retailers’ exact standards, claims the ‘Global Food; Waste Not, Want Not’ report, cited by guardian.co.uk. Although the public can do nothing about this issue, one way they can tackle food wastage in businesses and at home could be to install recycling bins, so any unwanted food can be recycled rather than wasted.
Tim Fox, head of energy and environment at the IME, commented on the amount of wastage: “The amount of food wasted and lost around the world is staggering. This is food that could be used to feed the world’s growing population – as well as those in hunger today.
“It is also an unnecessary waste of the land, water and energy resources that were used in the production, processing and distribution of this food.”