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UN Report Says: More than 1 billion Food were wasted per day in 2022

UN Report Says: More than 1 Billion Meals Wasted per Day in 2022

According to a recent study by the United Nations (“UN”), households all over the world threw away one billion meals every day in 2022. In its latest Food Waste Index Report 2024 (“Report”), the UN stated that over $1 trillion worth of food was thrown away by businesses and households, when about 780 million people were going hungry.

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“Food waste is a global tragedy. Millions will go hungry today as food is wasted across the world, Inger Andersen, executive director of the UN Environment Programme, said in a statement. Such wastage was not just a moral but “environmental failure”, the report said.

It was also reported that food loss and waste generate 8 to 10 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions. If food waste was a country, it would be the third-biggest emitter of greenhouse gas emissions on the planet behind the US and China.

The Report has also showed that almost one-fifth of all the food wasted in 2022: 

60% In our Homes 

28% By food services like restaurants and hotels 

12% By supermarkets and other shops

The good news is that all the people that are currently hungry in the world (about 800 million people) can be fed over a meal a day just from the food that is wasted every single year.

The UN is asking countries to cut food waste by half by 2030!

Do you waste food? What can you do at home to minimise food wastage?

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UNICEF Report: Millions of children Displaced Due To Climate Change

According to UNICEF’s “Children Displaced in a Changing Climate” report, 43 million children have been forced to leave their homes because of extreme weather events between 2016 and 2021. The report has predicted that 100 million more children will be displaced over the next 30 years due to climate change. UNICEF has stated that:

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• More needs to be done to help children affected by climate change.

• 95% of the children displaced were due to floods and storms.

• Two million children were displaced due to droughts and wild-fires.

• The highest number of children displaced were recorded from China and the Philippines.

The report has asked governments to protect children from the adverse effects of climate change, help them prepare to deal with climate change, increase participation of children in conversations about climate change, and give priority to children and young people when preparing action plans.

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Have you felt the effects of climate change where you live?

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