In the News (from Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations): “The waste of a staggering 1.3 billion tonnes of food per year is not only causing major economic losses but also wreaking significant harm on the natural resources that humanity relies upon to feed itself, says a new FAO report. …
“Among its key findings: Each year, food that is produced but not eaten guzzles up a volume of water equivalent to the annual flow of Russia’s Volga River and is responsible for adding 3.3 billion tonnes of greenhouse gases to the planet’s atmosphere.
“And beyond its environmental impacts, the direct economic consequences to producers of food wastage (excluding fish and seafood) run to the tune of $750 billion annually, FAO’s report estimates. …
“‘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,’ said FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva. …
“Where wastage happens:
“Fifty-four percent of the world’s food wastage occurs ‘upstream’ during production, post-harvest handling and storage, according to FAO’s study. Forty-six percent of it happens ‘downstream,’ at the processing, distribution and consumption stages.
“As a general trend, developing countries suffer more food losses during agricultural production, while food waste at the retail and consumer level tends to be higher in middle and high-income regions — where it accounts for 31-39 percent of total wastage — than in low-income regions (4-16 percent).
“The later a food product is lost along the chain, the greater the environmental consequences, FAO’s report notes, since the environmental costs incurred during processing, transport, storage and cooking must be added to the initial production costs.”
My Comment: All this says only one thing: Until we change ourselves, our egoistic nature, we will not stop suffering from hunger and destroying each other. We must decide where the root of evil is and look for the ways to solve it—this will take us to the realization of the need to use the method of integral education.
It is possible to bring integral education to the entire planet by the modern means of communication and technology. After all, we are talking about saving humanity. Baal HaSulam writes that otherwise we will come to a war of extermination, after which a small number of remaining people will reach unity and equality, becoming similar to nature and moving to the next stage of development.