Avoiding food waste: a key strategy for sustainable development

Today September 29 is the International Day of Awareness on Food Loss and Waste. The UN emphasizes that avoiding food waste should be an important strategy to avoid hunger and the effects of climate change.The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has launched a global action to reduce food waste. This campaign is part of a United Nations effort to get countries to commit to controlling food loss and waste.According to FAO Director General Qu Dongyu, the current moment requires urgent changes to counter the crisis.In addition to preventing hunger, food waste can also improve plans to combat the effects of climate change. A study conducted by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) shows that reducing food waste and more sustainable eating habits can reduce greenhouse gas emissions by up to 25%.

UNEP Executive Director Inger Andersen stresses that the current crisis is an opportune time to radically rethink how food is produced and consumed. “For example, redirect consumption by cutting food waste in half and accelerating the shift to diets that are richer in plants,” he says.

Evitar el desperdicio de alimentos: una estrategia clave para el desarrollo sostenible

The study highlights the absence of this strategy, that of encouraging more sustainable diets, among the countries’ climate change action plans.

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