The food waste they could feed Africa. While we are doing our utmost to reduce food waste, there is a phenomenon that is beyond our reach, an imbalance that reveals a disconcerting fact: more than 30% of the food produced for human consumption is wasted.
There is a big gap in the industrial system that impacts both the processes of the production chain and of large-scale distribution. The result of this gap is terrifying: 222 million tons of wasted food. According to FAO, such an amount could feed the entire Sub-Saharan African population.
Italy does not stand out among the virtuous countries and is responsible for about 10% of the total waste, responsible for a loss food of 8.8 million tons of wasted food per year. The waste they begin with the first stages of the production chain but with distribution they do not decrease at all, on the contrary, just think of the quantities of unsold food stacked in the warehouses of large supermarkets, expired foods or those no longer in conditions of sale.
To the industrial waste domestic ones must then be added. In this sense, the country with the worst behavior is England. Following the British are the Americans. On the podium, in third place, also our country rises; Italy is in fact among the nations with the highest rate of wasted food.
The waste they do not end with food. It must be considered that energy was used to transport and produce that food. For example, 300 million barrels of oil are used annually to transport wasted food; equivalent to about 4% of total oil. The food waste represent an evil to be cured. There is a lot of talk about energy efficiency but in the food sector the principles of savings they are not heard at all.
Data source FAO