Global push to reduce food wasted

The report, from Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI), the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the UN (FAO) and the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) says that “tremendous” quantities of food are discarded in processing, transport, supermarkets and people’s kitchens. “This wasted food is also wasted water,” it continues. “In the US, for instance, as much as 30% of food, worth some US$48.3 billion, is thrown away each year. That’s like leaving the tap running and pouring 40 trillion litres of water into the garbage can – enough water to meet the household needs of 500 million people. Through international trade, savings in one country might benefit communities in other parts of the world.”

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