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UN warns of global loss of millions of tons of food

Geneva, March 27 (Prensa Latina) Every year on the planet, a fifth of food is wasted, essentially coming from homes, while 783 million people go hungry, a new UNEP report warned today.

Data appearing in the text prepared by the United Nations Environment Agency (UNEP) shows that in 2022, 1,500 million tons of food were wasted.

Specifically, about 19 percent of the food available to consumers was lost overall in retail, food services, and households.

The majority of global food waste comes from households, totaling 631 million tonnes, or up to 60 percent of food wasted.

Additionally, 28 percent is lost in food establishments, such as restaurants, and 12 percent in retail stores.

To this experts add about 13 percent of food lost in the supply chain, according to estimates by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, from after harvest to the point of sale.

According to studies, on average each person wastes 79 kilograms of food per year.

The report recommends focusing efforts on reducing food waste and composting in cities.

It also states that governments and food companies must join forces to reduce waste and help households get involved.

Specialists from the environmental agency consider it essential to reduce emissions derived from food waste, taking into account that this loss generates up to 10 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions, that is, almost five times more than the food sector and the aviation.