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Top 10 Countries Which Waste Most Food

By SiliconIndia   |   Friday, 11 November 2011, 12:08 Hrs   |    10 Comments
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Bangalore: About one third of the food production has wasted annually all over the world in the year 2011. Most loss of food occurs during production in under developed countries, whereas in developed countries about 100 kilograms of food is waste at the consumption stage by each person in a year.

The cause for this may be biological, environmental, social and economical. It is also difficult to reduce the food waste produced by processing because while reducing we must see that it is reduced without affecting the quality of the finished product.

Over the past ten years, the Medias have done an exceptional job by covering the problems of world hunger. Most of us don't even realize how many people in our own cities struggle hard every night to feed their families. The simple reason for this is, they don't want their family members to sleep with empty stomach. The waste of food doesn't just be limited to the grocery stores, instead this problem continues right into our kitchen and to our dinning tables.

While millions of people all around the world are struggling for two times of meals per day, tons of foods are being wasted by many people, primarily by the people of developed countries.

Based on OECD Environmental Data Compendium, here is a top 10 countries where most food is wasted:

United States of America
United States of America:

In a recent study conducted by the University of Arizona showed that around 40 to 50 percent of all food which is ready for harvest never gets ate. In the nation about 760 kilograms of food is wasted by each person in a year. The country spends about $1billion per year just to dispose the foods that are wasted. According to Environmental Protection Agency, food leftovers are the single-largest part of the waste flow by weight in the U.S. The food waste in the country includes uneaten food and food preparation scraps from residences, commercial establishments like restaurants, institutional cafeterias etc.

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Reader's comments(10)
1: sad that the richer countries waste food when others needs the food so badly! =(
Posted by:cindy - 15 Feb, 2014
2: Those numbers are wrong. We Danes waste 63 kilos per person per year - NOT 660.


Sincerely yours,
Stop Wasting Food movement Denmark
Posted by:SWF - 08 Aug, 2012
3: Maybe someone with a better grasp of numbers, percentages, the metric systems, and calculators, should have written this.
Posted by:Vinh - 07 Aug, 2012
4: Poor deserve this as they fail to make money
Posted by:Faize - 12 Nov, 2011
5:
You display a very HIGH level of ignorance, maybe you should do some research.
Tasha Replied to: Faize - 05 May, 2012
6: I suggest two ways of solving this waste to a good reuse:1.As there are garbage collection bins in most countries, have one for biodegradable stuff and the other really worthless ones the dry kind. On the first type it can be used to generate electricity cheaply to feed the grid. On the second try to convert into Asphalt which can be used for roads resurfacing. All it needs is an entrepreneurial spirit.Any takers?
Posted by:G S Gundu Rao - 12 Nov, 2011
7: All rich countries .... rich people !
Posted by:joy - 12 Nov, 2011
8: It definitely appears a false findings having no base.
If we look at the consumption of food grains and based on it if we workout the population, the most populated areas are US and Europe, because they waste a lot. Indian waste of food grains is mostly political because Nehruvian Congress and its allies want to dispose off the so-called rotten grains to make money by fraudulently declaring them rotten.
Posted by:shirish dave - 12 Nov, 2011
9: Echoing previous post just who are the professors and eminent food experts and world renowned economists who have compiled this list.
What is it, a Muslim based anti Western blog because India has its food waste amongst the middle and rich groups.
Have you gone around peoples dustbins? This whole report is a load of human waste
Posted by:Tony Langham - 12 Nov, 2011
10: This article seems to be blinkered. I know first hand that enormous amounts of food are wasted in some of the Middle Eastern countries. Is there any scientific basis to this rating or is it just based on individual figures and not on groups of evenly comparable figures?
Posted by:elizabeth - 11 Nov, 2011