1/3 of all food produced worldwide is thrown away!
At the same time, however, nearly 1 billion people in the world still go hungry. With these facts in mind, it seems obvious that we must act.
Food wastage is clearly a moral issue. However, we also need to consider its ecological impact!
Food waste also means that almost 1/3 of all usable land surface area is cultivated in vain, not to mention the enormous quantities of water being wasted. To put a figure on this: that’s 250 cubic kilometres (of water) a year, which is 3 times Lake Geneva.
In terms of CO2 emissions, it doesn’t look any better: 3.3 gigatons, which represents 80% of China’s annual CO2 emissions!
Besides the financial and ecological dimension, each individual also has an ethical obligation to address the problem of food waste. The challenge is to see how we can feed everyone and at the same time use our natural resources responsibly so as to not further burden future generations.
We, as the Ministry of Agriculture, Viticulture and Rural Development, have therefore decided to make food waste the focus of the October 16th 2016 World Hunger Day, thus coinciding with the launch of our broad awareness-raising campaign “Together against food waste“.