One fifth of the food world’s food is wasted

A new study has found that one fifth of the food produced in the world is lost to overeating or wastage. The world population apparently consumes around 10 per cent more than the food it needs.

Meanwhile, around 9 per cent is lost due to being thrown away or left to spoil.

“Reducing losses from the global food system would improve food security and help prevent environmental harm. Until now, it was not known how overeating impacts on the system. Not only is it harmful to health, we found that over-eating is bad for the environment and impairs food security,” said Peter Alexander, of the University of Edinburgh’s School of GeoSciences and Scotland’s Rural College, who led the study.

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