The World Wastes Half Its Food!

Reader Contribution by Staff
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What a Waste! 

It’s hard to believe, but a 2008 policy brief from the Stockholm International Water Institute, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization and the International Water Management Institute states the world wastes nearly half the food it produces. That’s right — half. And because agriculture is responsible for 80 percent of our nation’s consumptive water usage, that amount of wasted food means even more wasted water at a time when many struggle to conserve. According to the three organizations, we’re producing more than enough food to feed the growing world population; we just need to figure out how to put it all to use.

You may be thinking that this news has a brilliant silver lining, and you’d be correct. We already produce enough food to feed the world. That’s a relief, but now for the tough part: How do we get the world to make better use of its food resources?