How much food is wasted, and where?

Studies have estimated that overall, two-thirds of global food loss and waste is due to post-harvest crop (and animal product) losses, during the harvesting (slaughtering in the case of animals), processing and distributing of food products. The final third results from waste that occurs during the processes linked to the consumption of food. In the case of industrialised countries, almost half of the total food waste – around 300 million metric tons annually – occurs as a result of producers, retailers and consumers discarding food that is still fit for human consumption.

From “Our Hungry Planet”

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