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Food System Fail: Up to Half of World's Food Wasted
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Up to 50% of the food produced in our world is wasted, and that waste is squandering Earth's water supply. 

A new report, Global Food: Waste Not, Want Not, has been issued by the UK's Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

"The amount of food wasted and lost around the world is staggering," said Dr. Tim Fox from the IME. "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."

The wider implications are scary. By 2050, the planet may have to feed 9-10 billion people. It's currently supporting 7 billion – and as agricultural experts now report, the rise in extreme weather damaged the quantity and quality of food harvests in 2012.

In countries with poor transport infrastructure and packaging, up to 33% of food rots before it gets to market. In the developed world, up to 33% of vegetables are rejected as ugly or ploughed back due to over-production.

In addition, the supersize-me culture in developed countries adds to food waste. It encourages shoppers to buy large quantities in excess of their actual needs.

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