Today we're going to talk about food waste. It is a given that exists daily in the world, but you may not know that during the holiday season these values "get fat" about 25 percent. These data are for the United States, but in Europe the values are not going to be very different. Let's give you some numbers and references on which steps have the most impact on food waste as well as the ecological footprint they have on the planet. Perhaps these data will help you make choices, such as adopting a healthier and more sustainable diet such as the Mediterranean diet. But we'll talk about that tomorrow.
Adaptation with translation into Portuguese of: Food waste in Europe: statistics and facts about the problem | Eufic
Did you know that…
- About 1/3 of all food produced globally is wasted (1.3 trillion tonnes per year)?
- US data show a 25% increase in food waste during festive seasons?
- Is this waste responsible for 8 to 10% of the greenhouse gases that are sent into the atmosphere?
- If food waste were a country, would it be the third country with the most greenhouse gas emissions?
- 20% of the 263 million tonnes/year of meat produced in the world is lost or wasted?
- Are animal products that are consumed in Portugal in quantities three times higher than needs, are they the ones with the greatest ecological footprint, unlike products of plant origin?
-Producing 1kg of protein from beef causes the release of more greenhouse gases than a passenger travelling by plane between the cities of London and New York?
Can we think of a Sustainable Diet?
We can and we should, because:
- Has a low environmental impact;
- Contributes to the food and nutritional security of the population, thinking not only about the present, but also about the future of food and the planet;
- Respects and protects biodiversity and ecosystems;
- It is culturally accepted;
- Economically fair and accessible to the population;
- Nutritionally safe and adequate;
- And it optimizes natural and human resources.