Wednesday, June 5, 2013

World Environment Day

Today is World Environment Day.  The theme for this year’s celebration is Think.Eat.Save.; an anti-food waste and food loss campaign.  UNEP (United Nations Environment Program) is leveraging today’s celebration to educate people about the need to reduce overall food waste and make more informed food choices.

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Did you know?

·          Annually one-third of all food globally is wasted; 1.3 billion tons of food not consumed.

·         Here in the U.S. 40% of the food grown or raised is not eaten.

·        25% of all freshwater and 300 million barrels of oil is utilized to produce food that is wasted.

·        Food waste, a major component of landfills, is responsible for 135 million tons annually of greenhouse gases (methane). 

Source: The stats above were provided by LeanPath, creators of automated food waste tracking systems.

Bottomline, food waste equates to a major squandering of resources (water, land, capital, etc.) and contributes to the negative environmental impact of green house gases.  Below is an interesting passage from UNEP’s World Environment Day website:
Global food production occupies 25% of all habitable land and is responsible for 70% of fresh water consumption, 80% of deforestation, and 30% of greenhouse gas emissions. It is the largest single driver of biodiversity loss and land-use change.”  Consequently they want people to make more informed food choices – buy more organic or sustainably grown foods that utilize less fertilizer and pesticides, buying food locally that has a more favorable carbon footprint, etc.

World Environment Day’s 2013 tag line: Think.Eat.Save.

Be committed to making it a healthier planet!


  1. The title of the June 4, 2013 USDA News Release is "USDA and EPA Launch U.S. Food Waste Challenge; Calls on both Public Sector and Private Industry to reduce food waste". News Release is posted at
    William Fisher

  2. Jim, as usual you provide interesting, thoughtful, useful information that relates to what you do, but is creatively selected and presented. Not your typical fare. These facts are stunning and will definitely be with me as I make my next round of supermarket aisles. My wallet will undoubtedly thank you, too!

  3. It's just crazy to think that 1/3 of all food globally is wasted each year! That's a lot!

  4. I concur with Ellie; I enjoy how you find these thought-provoking stats pertaining to our unhealthy relationship with food in a manner that encourages us to reflect and reassess our place on this fragile planet.

  5. I am always disturbed by excessively large portions served in restaurants and health regs that impede donations of unused food by restaurants and events.

  6. great stats Jim. people may as well through their dollars in the trash instead.

  7. Tristram Stuart makes my Top 3 TED Talks ( with his explanation of how food is wasted from farm to stomach. We had a nice introductory phone call at the end of last year - he's bringing his group to the US later this year.