Report: 50% of world’s food wasted

Report: 50% of world’s food wasted

As much as half of the world’s food is discarded without ever making it to a human mouth, engineers at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers have found.

A new report that the organization released Thursday detailed how food is often wasted due to poor infrastructure, ridged expiration dates, two-for-one deals and consumers who demand perfect-looking food.

According to the report, “Global Food: Waste Not Want Not,” between 30 percent to 50 percent, or 1.2 to 2 billion tons of food, is thrown away annually. The report estimated that 30 percent of vegetables are never harvested in the United Kingdom due to their appearance, and up to half the food produced in Europe and the United States is discarded by the consumer.

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