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Global 1/3rd Food Waste

Food waste is an environmental issue, because it decomposes in landfills, its releases methane gases. American throw away 40% of the food they buy. In response the city of San Francisco collects 600 tons of food waste a day to turn into compost for farmers. Globally, one-third of all food produced gets wasted, 1.3 billion tons with a value of $750 a year, according to the UN food agency.[i] This adds to global warming as the food decomposes.

In Greece, the Food Revolution began in 2012 to lower food costs by circumventing middlemen, starting with selling potatoes. Customers place an order and then pick it up from a farmer’s truck, cutting costs at least in half. The movement spread to selling other types of food as well. Workers also took control of factories as described on Vio.Me.org. A global food sovereignty movement is emerging with forums and goals statements like the Nyéléni Declaration written in Mali. The Food Movement and alternative food systems in the Americas are described in Harvesting Justice: Transforming Food, Land, and Agriculture in the Americas.[ii] Europeans have done the most to outlaw Monsanto’s GMO foods as hazardous to human and animal health, but marches take place globally and social media reveal new studies about the harmful effects of GMO foods.

[i]“UN Report: One-Third of World’s Food Wasted Annually,” UN News Centre, September 11, 2013. http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=45816#.UlB_iGTF3-I

[ii] The book by Tory Field and Beverly Bell, 2013, can be downloaded from http://harvesting-justice.org


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