First world problems – Food waste

Greetings, my name is Alex Peng and I stand before you today to discuss one of the biggest problems we are currently facing in our modern society. It is a problem that takes place in any part of the world and happens every minute as I speak.

Not only is this problem expensive for people like you and I, but it is also wreaking havoc in the retail and grocery industry as well as damaging our environment significantly. As you may have guessed already, the issue I will be addressing today is food waste.

We have a lot of problems on our earth and one of the biggest being food waste. Food waste or food loss is by definition food that is wasted, lost, or uneaten.

The causes of food waste are numerous, and they often occur in first world countries at the stages of producing, processing, retailing, and consuming.

Rapidly increasing, 1.3 billion tonnes of food is thrown away every year globally, this includes food categories like vegetables, meats, fruits, nuts, grains, and dairy products. With the increasing population, the production demand for food will be harder and harder to meet.

There are already over 795 million people suffering from severe malnutrition globally and given the fact that we will be well over 9 billion people by 2050, nourishing everybody is simply an impossible task if food waste isn’t reduced in the near future.

The requirement to feed everyone who is malnourished today is, according to the UN, to reduce food waste worldwide by 25% .

This is why reducing food waste has not only become an impactful accomplishment, but also a responsibility to do so for the sake of our future and less fortunate peoples.

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