Tremendous quantities of food are wasted after production. Edible food is discarded in processing, transport, supermarkets and kitchens.
A brief authored by the Stockholm International Water Institute, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, and the International Water Management Institute argues that the current food crisis is a crisis of waste.
The brief states that, "More than enough food is produced to feed a healthy global population. Distribution and access to food is a problem -- many are hungry, while at the same time many overeat." However, it says, "we are providing food to take care of not only our necessary consumption but also our wasteful habits."
"As much as half of the water used to grow food globally may be lost or wasted," says researcher Dr. Charlotte de Fraiture.
In the United States, meanwhile, as much as 30 percent of food, worth some $48.3 billion, is thrown away.