Food wastes are contributing for added amounts of green house gas emissions in countries other than China and the US. This fact was revealed by a recent study conducted by the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization. Every year, around 1.3 billion tonnes of food get wasted, along with raw materials like water, energy and the chemicals needed to produce it. The carbon foot print of the wasted food materials is equivalent to 3.3 billion tones of carbon dioxide emitted per year into the atmosphere.
The study report shows that each year, about one third of the food produced for human consumption around the globe is wasted. The carbon dioxide equivalent from this much of food waste is around twice the amount of yearly emissions from India.
The main reason behind the huge wastage of food materials in developed countries is the tendency of consumers to buy much more food than required and then throw away what comes in excess. The heavy wastage of food materials in developing countries is mainly due to the lack of storage facilities and inefficient farming.
This wastage of the food materials needs to be stopped immediately, otherwise the growing population all over the world will struggle to find the required food materials in the near future.
Developed countries need to take initiatives to promote use of food materials leftover after every meal. Proper storage facilities have to be maintained by developing countries to cut the wastage of good, it has been suggested.