Cut food waste to help feed world

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Date: Aug. 27, 2015
From: Nature(Vol. 524, Issue 7566)
Publisher: Nature Publishing Group
Document Type: Brief article; Letter to the editor
Length: 108 words
Content Level: (Level 5)
Lexile Measure: 1310L

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Climate-proofing farms to help feed the world's expanding population needs to be complemented by global measures to cut food losses and waste (see Nature 523, 396-397; 2015).

Roughly one-third of the food produced annually for human consumption--around 1.3 billion tonnes per year--is lost or wasted worldwide (see M. M. Rutten Agric. Food Secur. 2, 13; 2013). In developing economies, more than 40% of food losses occur after harvesting or during processing (see go.nature.com/um7vga).

We should follow the lead of the Asia-Pacific economies, which have pledged to reduce food losses and waste by 10% relative to 2011-12 levels by 2020 (see go.nature.com/rfupkz).

Don Gunasekera Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia. don.gunasekera@vu.edu.au

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