BerryBreeze™can help feed the planet. Humans waste so much edible food from farm to fork to landfill, that if we were able to save just a small percentage of that, it would make great strides towards ending world hunger.
By 2075, the United Nations’ mid-range projection for global population growth predicts that human numbers will peak at about 9.5 billion people. This means that there could be an extra three billion mouths to feed by the end of the century, a period in which substantial changes are anticipated in the wealth, calorific intake and dietary preferences of people in developing countries across the world.
Such a projection presents mankind with wide-ranging social, economic, environmental and political issues that need to be addressed today to ensure a sustainable future for all. One key issue is how to produce more food in a world of finite resources.
Today, we produce about four billion metric tonnes of food per annum. Yet due to poor practices in harvesting, storage and transportation, as well as market and consumer wastage, it is estimated that 30–50% (or 1.2–2 billion tonnes) of all food produced never reaches a human stomach. Furthermore, this figure does not reflect the fact that large amounts of land, energy, fertilisers and water have also been lost in the production of foodstuffs which simply end up as waste.
Institute of Mechanical Engineers (2013) Global Food: Waste Not, Want Not, http://www.imeche.org/knowledge/themes/environment/global-food
One-quarter of the world’s children under five – some 165 million – suffer from stunting or early-life growth failure. We now understand that stunted girls and boys are more likely to underperform in school. Moreover, when they mature they are more likely to earn lower wages, to have children at an earlier age, to experience poorer health and to live a life of poverty. Hunger steals a child’s future.
The effects of hunger do not stop there. Hunger exacts a heavy toll on national economies. Compelling evidence gathered by the World Food Programme and national governments from the Cost of Hunger studies in Africa revealed the crushing impact of hunger on the economies of sub-Saharan African countries.
Did you know that reducing food waste could be the answer to solving world hunger?
“All of us – farmers and fishers; food processors and supermarkets; local and national governments; individual consumers – must make changes at every link of the human food chain to prevent food wastage from happening in the first place, and re-use or recycle it when we can’t,” says FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva. “We simply cannot allow one-third of all the food we produce to go to waste or be lost because of inappropriate practices, when 870 million people go hungry every day.”
SustainableBusiness.com News (9/13/13),Carbon Footprint from Food Waste Bigger than Most Countries, Sustainablebusiness.com News, http://www.sustainablebusiness.com/index.cfm/go/news.display/id/25201
In a paper prepared for the session, FAO examined food losses and waste in the region, comparing low-, middle- and high-income countries, and looking at seven different supply chains: dairy, fish, meat, fruits and vegetables, oil crops and pulses, roots and tubers, and cereals.
Notable differences in the patterns of food losses and waste were found depending on income levels. Most of the losses in the developed countries occur at the consumption stage, while in the middle and low-income countries the largest losses occur at the production and post-harvest stages of the value chain.
Osagie, Crusoe (4/07/2014), Nigeria: Experts Warn Against Growing Food Waste, AllAfrica.com, http://allafrica.com/stories/201404070574.html
There are nearly one billion malnourished people in the world, but the approximately 40 million tons of food wasted by US households, retailers and food services each year would be enough to satisfy the hunger of every one of them…All the world’s nearly one billion hungry people could be lifted out of malnourishment on less than a quarter of the food that is wasted in the US, UK and Europe.
Tristram Stuart, Waste: Uncovering the Global Food Scandal (Penguin, 2009), http://www.feeding5k.org/food-waste-facts.php
Within as little as 30 years, the world will need to produce 70 percent more food to feed the expected 9 billion people on the planet…limiting food waste globally could reduce the need to raise more food by 60 percent. In other words, the need to produce more and more food could be dramatically offset by reducing the amount that is wasted.
Hoffman, Beth (Sept., 2013), Food Waste: Key To Ending World Hunger, Forbes.com, http://www.forbes.com/sites/bethhoffman/2013/09/16/food-waste-a-key-to-ending-world-hunger/
Reducing food losses by just 15 percent would be enough food to feed more than 25 million Americans at a time when one in six Americans lack a secure supply of food to their tables. Increasing the efficiency of our food system is a triple-bottom-line solution that requires collaborative efforts by businesses, governments, and consumers.
Gunders, Dana (August, 2012), Wasted: How America Is Losing Up to 40 Percent of Its Food from Farm to Fork to Landfill, Natural Resources Defense Council Issue Paper