MakeWealthHistory has just published an excellent post this week about the loss or waste of food produced for human consumption.
It dismays me to read that between 1/4 and a 1/3 of all food is lost or wasted. Those two words ‘lost’ and ‘wasted’ are very important because they reveal a difference between Developed countries and Developing countries. Quoting from MakeWealthHistory:
“Food loss is the bigger problem in developing countries, and “typically occurs at the production, storage, processing, distribution, and marketing stages of the food value chain. It is the unintended result of technical limitations or poor infrastructure.”
Food waste on the other hand, “typically takes place at the retail and consumption stages of the food value chain, the result of a conscious decision to throw food away.””
56% of the food is lost in Developed countries with 44% from Developing countries. Bear in mind though, that only one in seven of the world’s population is found in Developed countries.
I’ll let you read MakeWealthHistory‘s post for yourself but basically we waste in the West and lose in the poorer countries. One is due to affluence; the other, poverty.
Read the post here: