Food waste, the hidden climate change driver

Food waste, the hidden climate change driver

PARIS (News Lab) – As experts gather in Geneva to finalise the most detailed scientific assessment yet of how we use the land we live off, one phenomenon to which we all contribute will be under close scrutiny: food waste.

Ahead of the release of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report on land use, here are some facts about food waste:

One third of all food

An IPCC draft summary says between 25-30 percent of food produced for human consumption every year — approximately 1.3 billion tonnes — gets lost or wasted. That’s a 40 percent increase since 1970, or an additional 200 calories per person per day.

According to the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), food loss and waste costs the global economy close to $1 trillion each year.

It also generates as much as eight percent of all manmade greenhouse gas emissions, the FAO says.