In the News (from Project Syndicate): “Every year, we waste or lose 1.3 billion metric tons of food – one-third of the world’s annual food production. The sheer scale of the number makes it almost impossible to grasp, no matter how one approaches it. Try to imagine 143,000 Eiffel Towers stacked one on top of another, or a pile of 10 trillion bananas.
“The figure is all the more unfathomable, given that, alongside this massive wastage and loss, 840 million people experience chronic hunger on a daily basis. Many millions more suffer from ‘silent hunger’ – malnutrition and micronutrient deficiencies.
“For the more economically minded, here is another number: food wastage and loss, expressed in producer prices, costs roughly $750 billion per year. If we were to consider retail prices and the wider impacts on the environment, including climate change, the figure would be much higher. …
“Food loss – on farms, during processing, transport, and at markets – undermines food security in most developing countries, where post-harvest losses can reach as high as 40% of production. Investment in infrastructure for transport, storage, and marketing of food is badly needed, as are programs to train farmers in best practices.
“In developed countries, food-retailing practices require a rethink.”
My Comment: There is a religious principle in Judaism “Baal Tashchit“: Do not destroy the useful, anything that can be useful to others. It is forbidden to throw out leftovers, suitable for human and animal food, any industrial waste that could be still consumed, etc. because everything is given by the Creator for the correction of the world; thus we must use it, precisely to correct the world. It is possible to use it correctly only to the extent of the correction of the human being, when he naturally, instinctively thinks of the common good.