Yesterday, the United Nations revealed a shocking statistic: that 1.3 billion tons of food is wasted every year — roughly a third of all the planet's food that's produced for human consumption. The findings come from a report commissioned by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, and are designed to address the causes behind rising prices, declining food production, and world hunger, among other issues.
Wasted food, or excess or unwanted food being tossed away, amounts to 222 million tons of refuse a year. It doesn't just apply to home cooks and finicky diners; according to the report, retailers in developed countries are as much to blame for throwing out food simply for its appearance. Then there's the issue of food loss: deficits that occur as a result of inefficient food production and processing, particularly in developing nations. Are you shocked by these numbers?
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