Food loss and food waste
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Food loss and food waste refer to the decrease of food in subsequent stages of the food supply chain intended for human consumption. Food is lost or wasted throughout the supply chain, from initial production down to final household consumption.
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What percentage of food in the US goes uneaten and ends up in the waste stream?Correct
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How many tons of post-consumer food is thrown away in the US each year?Correct
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Every year, consumers in wealthy developed countries waste almost as much food as the entire net food production of sub-Saharan Africa.Correct
Absolutely! Countries in developed countries waste 222 million tons of food, whereas Sub-Saharan Africa’s net food production is 230 million tons.Incorrect
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Over 97% of food waste generated in the US ends up in the landfill.Correct
Yes! And methane is produced when that food waste decomposes in landfills under anaerobic conditions, which is a greenhouse gas 21 times more potent than carbon dioxide.Incorrect
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Wasted food can be processed at facilities specifically designed to digest the organic portion of municipal solid waste.Correct
You’re on fire! Anaerobic digestion is a process where microorganisms break down organic materials, such as food scraps, manure, and sewage sludge. This is done in the absence of oxygen. Recycling wasted food through anaerobic digestion produces biogas and a soil amendment, two valuable products.Incorrect
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Food waste only occurs when we throw away uneaten food items.Correct
You are right! Food is lost or wasted throughout the supply chain, from initial agricultural production down to final household consumption.Incorrect
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Food loss and food waste also means a significant amount of water is also wasted.Correct
True! 550 billion cubic meters of water are also wasted globally to irrigate crops that never reach the consumer.Incorrect
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Even though food waste is a problem, it is not on the agenda of the United Nations.Correct
Right. The UN has done several studies on food waste, and is actively campaigning to raise global awareness about food loss and waste.Incorrect
Globally, food waste ranks as the third largest source of greenhouse gas emissions, behind the US and China.Correct
We can feed the entire hungry/malnourished population of the world if we reduce global food waste by less than 50%.Correct
True. If the amount of food wasted around the world were reduced by just 25% there would be enough food to feed all the people who are malnourished, according to the UN.Incorrect
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