Food waste costs more than $500b a year as millions starve

 In Australia, International, NewZealand
With millions of US households struggling to have enough to eat, and millions of tons of food being tossed in the garbage, food waste is increasingly being seen as a serious environmental and economic issue.
A report released Wednesday shows that about 60 million tons of food is wasted a year in the United States, with an estimated value of $US162 billion. About 32 million tons of it end up in municipal landfills, at a cost of about $US1.5 billion a year to local governments.
The problem is not limited to the United States.
The report estimates that a third of all the food produced in the world is never consumed, and the total cost of that food waste could be as high as $US400 billion ($509 billion) a year.
Reducing food waste from 20 to 50 per cent globally could save $US120 billion to $US300 billion a year by 2030, the report found.  Sydney Morning Herald – Read more…

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