Today, a third of the planet’s food goes to waste — enough to feed two billion people.
Food is wasted at every stage from farm to table, often because of how it looks.
This happens in fields, where unpicked, “ugly” produce rot in fields. It happens in grocery stores, where workers reject blemished, but edible, fruits and veggies. And it happens in our own homes, where we ignore leftovers and trash perishables before they’ve expired.
This is a moral issue. And as National Geographic points out, we could use all this wasted food to feed 800 million starving worldwide twice over.
The magazine recently looked at data from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. It found that while the world wastes all sorts of food, some things are wasted more than others.
Here’s how they rank, with percentages of how much we waste globally every year.
7. Milk, yogurt, and cheese — 17.1%.
6. Chicken, beef, and pork — 21.5%.
5. Lentils, green peas, chickpeas, and seeds that make oil — 22.1%.
pulses : circle graph of lentils / dals from the pantry, they are like little gemstones in our kitchen, provides color and inspiration to cook, thinking of making hippy grits with these gemstones, from clockwise green split channa dal, masoor red lentils, toovar dal, yellow split channa dal, moong dal, urad dal, split black urad dal, french lentils. #pulses #vegetarian #goodsource #protein #kitchen #pantry #inspiration #foodie #collection #lentils #legumes #hippygrits #recipe #tinkering #healthy #plantbased #nutritional #edibleart #cook #realfood #colors
4. Cereal, bread, and rice — 29.1%.
3. Tuna, salmon, shrimp, and other seafood — 34.7%.
2. Fruits and vegetables — 45.7%.
Absolute fridge envy!! Though this fridge is missing some food groups, isn't it simply beautiful with all the fruit and vegetable colours?! When in doubt, stock your fridge with plenty of fresh foods and buy less processed junk food. You'll naturally eat what you have at home/available so you will easily bypass the whole devil/angel scenario and simply eat for whole foods! #winning. Photo via @healthylivingaus 😘 #fridgeporn
1. Potatoes, beets, radishes, and carrots — 46.2%.
Don’t judge a veg by its cover… you can make truly beautiful dishes from some of the ugliest #vegetables. @JessGrey @ArtfulDesperado team up to give you the perfect #recipe today on the #FreshBlog 🌻Shout out to our friends @VanMarkets for these beauties! 🍽 #Veg #Veggie #DailyGoodness #Vegetarian #Vegan #Soup #Vancouver #YVR #FarmersMarket #Heirloom #Carrots
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