A third of food is wasted, making it third-biggest carbon emitter: UN
ROME (REUTERS) - The food the world wastes accounts for more greenhouse gas emissions than any country except for China and the United States, the United Nations (UN) said in a report on Wednesday.
Every year about a third of all food for human consumption, around 1.3 billion tonnes, is wasted, along with all the energy, water and chemicals needed to produce it and dispose of it.
Almost 30 per cent of the world's farmland, and a volume of water equivalent to the annual discharge of the River Volga, are in effect being used in vain.
In its report entitled "The Food Wastage Footprint", the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) estimated that the carbon footprint of wasted food was equivalent to 3.3 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide per year.