Tuesday, January 29, 2013

There Is Something You Can Do

UNEP Tackles the Problem of Food Waste with "Think Eat Save" Campaign
Food waste is a terrible problem – a 1.3 billion tons a year problem – according to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). Globally, about one-third of all food produced ($1 trillion worth) is lost or wasted.
“In a world of seven billion people, set to grow to nine billion by 2050, wasting food makes no sense – economically, environmentally and ethically,” said UN Under-Secretary-General and UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner  

Check out this site to read what you can do.

Thursday, January 24, 2013


Up to Half of World's Food Wasted

The amount of food waste squanders precious resources, including land, water and energy.

As much as 2 billion metric tons of food are wasted each year, tantamount to nearly half the food produced worldwide, according to a report by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. Waste in developed economies is attributed to marketing practices and consumer behavior. "This is food that could be used to feed the world's growing population -- as well as those in hunger today. It is also an unnecessary waste of the land, water and energy resources that were used in the production, processing and distribution of this food," said Tim Fox of IME. The Guardian (London) (1/10) BBC (1/10)

Thursday, January 17, 2013

What is Oxfam Saying About Poverty?

"Root of poverty is power and politics," says Oxfam chief, Barbara Stocking. 

Departing Oxfam Great Britain chief Barbara Stocking, recently visited Bangladesh. She says the world is "sleepwalking into some horrible trap" with climate change, which is complicating anti-poverty efforts. "But it's hard to get across the message that it's us lot, who are actually using all the global goods, who need to change. Not poor people," she says. The Guardian (London) (1/15)
Read The Guardian article for more information.

Friday, January 11, 2013


Guatemalans hungrier as biofuels edge out food
The ripple effects of U.S. and European biofuels policies are being felt in rural Guatemala, where conditions are seen as ideal for producing raw materials for the fuels. That has meant there is less land being used to grow crops for food, and "the average Guatemalan is now hungrier because of biofuel development," said Katja Winkler, a researcher at the Guatemalan nonprofit Idear. The New York Times