LISTSERV mailing list manager LISTSERV 16.5

Help for ENVIRO-NEWS Archives


ENVIRO-NEWS Archives

ENVIRO-NEWS Archives


Enviro-News@ARS.USDA.GOV


View:

Message:

[

First

|

Previous

|

Next

|

Last

]

By Topic:

[

First

|

Previous

|

Next

|

Last

]

By Author:

[

First

|

Previous

|

Next

|

Last

]

Font:

Proportional Font

LISTSERV Archives

LISTSERV Archives

ENVIRO-NEWS Home

ENVIRO-NEWS Home

ENVIRO-NEWS  May 2008

ENVIRO-NEWS May 2008

Subject:

Report: Wasted Food Costs World 'Oceans of Lost Water'

From:

"Makuch, Joe" <[log in to unmask]>

Reply-To:

Makuch, Joe

Date:

Wed, 14 May 2008 13:49:35 -0400

Content-Type:

text/plain

Parts/Attachments:

Parts/Attachments

text/plain (121 lines)

From: Josh Paglia [mailto:[log in to unmask]] 
Sent: Wednesday, May 14, 2008 11:40 AM

Subject: Report: Wasted Food Costs World 'Oceans of Lost Water'

For Immediate Release

Staggering Food Waste Places Water and Land Resources in Distress, Says
SIWI, FAO, and IWMI

Report "Saving Water: From Field to Fork - Curbing Losses in the Food
Chain" launched at CSD-16

As governments struggle with a sudden crisis in the price of food, a
companion crisis in availability of water also threatens billions of
people. To meet the challenge of feeding growing populations and the
global hungry, massive reductions in the amount of food wasted after
production are needed. The Stockholm International Water Institute
(SIWI), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
(FAO) and the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) will call
on governments to reduce by half, by 2025, the amount of food that is
wasted after it is grown.   

The report "Saving Water: From Field to Fork - Curbing Losses and
Wastage in the Food Chain," will be launched on Wednesday, May 14th 2008
at the 16th Session of the United Nations Commission on Sustainable
Development and outlines concrete steps to achieve a 50 percent wasted
food reduction.

Tossed Food: Like Leaving the Tap Running

Tremendous quantities of food are discarded in processing, transport,
supermarkets and people's kitchens. This wasted food is also wasted
water. In the US, for instance, as much as 30 percent of food, worth
some USD 48.3 billion, is thrown away each year. That's like leaving the
tap running and pouring 40 trillion litres of water into the garbage can
- enough water to meet the household needs of 500 million people.
Through international trade, savings in one country might benefit
communities in other parts of the world.   
 
More than enough food is produced to feed a healthy global population.
Distribution and access to food is a problem - many are hungry, while at
the same time many over-eat. The Report highlights an often overlooked
problem: we are providing food to take care of not only our necessary
consumption but also our wasteful habits. 

"As much as half of the water used to grow food globally may be lost or
wasted," says Dr. David Molden, Director of Research at IWMI. "Curbing
these losses and improving water productivity provides win-win
opportunities for farmers, business, ecosystems, and the global hungry.
An effective water-saving strategy will first require that minimising
food wastage is placed firmly on the political agenda."  

Food production is constrained by the availability of water and land
resources. An estimated 1.2 billion people already live in areas where
there is not enough water to meet demand. And with rising demand for
water-intensive agricultural products, such as beef and bioenergy,
pressure mounts. According to the Comprehensive Assessment of Water
Management in Agriculture 2007, these trends will lead to crises in many
parts of the world, particularly South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa.
"Unless we change our practices, water will be a key constraint to food
production in the future," said Dr. Pasquale Steduto of FAO.

Saving Water from 'Field to Fork'

Water losses accumulate as food is wasted before and after it reaches
the consumer. In poorer countries, a majority of uneaten food is lost
before it has a chance to be consumed. Depending on the crop, an
estimated 15-35 percent of food may be lost in the field. Another 10-15
percent is discarded during processing, transport and storage. In richer
countries, production is more efficient but waste is greater:  people
toss the food they buy and all the resources used to grow, ship, and
produce the food along with it.

The Report stresses that the magnitude of current food losses presents
both challenges and opportunities. "Improving water productivity and
reducing the quantity of food that is wasted can enable us to provide a
better diet for the poor and enough food for growing populations," says
Prof. Jan Lundqvist of SIWI. "Reaching the target we propose, a 50
percent reduction of losses and wastage in the production and
consumption chain, is a necessary and achievable goal." The Report
outlines a number of attainable steps, such as supporting farmers with
improved harvesting and food storage facilities; benchmarking standards
for businesses to minimise waste in processing and transport; and
educating consumers on the impacts of over-eating and food waste on
water resources.

A draft of the Report will be made available at www.siwi.org on May 14,
2008.

[See
http://www.siwi.org/sa/node.asp?node=305 ]

For more information, please contact Josh Paglia, [log in to unmask]

Kindly,
Josh Paglia

Communication Officer
Stockholm International Water Institute
33 Drottninggatan
SE 111 51
Stockholm, Sweden
[log in to unmask] 
tel. +46 8522 139 96                   

***********************************************
Enviro-News is a service of the Water Quality
Information Center at the National Agricultural
Library.  The center's Web site is at
http://www.nal.usda.gov/wqic/.

The Enviro-News list facilitates information exchange.
Inclusion of an item in Enviro-News does not imply
United States Department of Agriculture(USDA) agreement,
nor does USDA attest to the accuracy or completeness of
the item. (See http://www.nal.usda.gov/listserv.html.)
You can contact the list owner at
[log in to unmask]
***********************************************

Top of Message | Previous Page | Permalink

Advanced Options


Options

Log In

Log In

Get Password

Get Password


Search Archives

Search Archives


Subscribe or Unsubscribe

Subscribe or Unsubscribe


Archives

May 2018
April 2018
March 2018
February 2018
January 2018
December 2017
November 2017
October 2017
September 2017
August 2017
July 2017
June 2017
May 2017
April 2017
March 2017
February 2017
January 2017
December 2016
November 2016
October 2016
September 2016
August 2016
July 2016
June 2016
May 2016
April 2016
March 2016
February 2016
January 2016
December 2015
November 2015
October 2015
September 2015
August 2015
July 2015
June 2015
May 2015
April 2015
March 2015
February 2015
January 2015
December 2014
November 2014
October 2014
September 2014
August 2014
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
April 2014
March 2014
February 2014
January 2014
December 2013
November 2013
October 2013
September 2013
August 2013
July 2013
June 2013
May 2013
April 2013
March 2013
February 2013
January 2013
December 2012
November 2012
October 2012
September 2012
August 2012
July 2012
June 2012
May 2012
April 2012
March 2012
February 2012
January 2012
December 2011
November 2011
October 2011
September 2011
August 2011
July 2011
June 2011
May 2011
April 2011
March 2011
February 2011
January 2011
December 2010
November 2010
October 2010
September 2010
August 2010
July 2010
June 2010
May 2010
April 2010
March 2010
February 2010
January 2010
December 2009
November 2009
October 2009
September 2009
August 2009
July 2009
June 2009
May 2009
April 2009
March 2009
February 2009
January 2009
December 2008
November 2008
October 2008
September 2008
August 2008
July 2008
June 2008
May 2008
April 2008
March 2008
February 2008
January 2008
December 2007
November 2007
October 2007
September 2007
August 2007
July 2007
June 2007
May 2007
April 2007
March 2007
February 2007
January 2007
December 2006
November 2006
October 2006
September 2006
August 2006
July 2006
June 2006
May 2006
April 2006
March 2006
February 2006
January 2006
December 2005
November 2005
October 2005
September 2005
August 2005
July 2005
June 2005
May 2005
April 2005
March 2005
February 2005
January 2005
December 2004
November 2004
October 2004
September 2004
August 2004
July 2004
June 2004
May 2004
April 2004
March 2004
February 2004
January 2004
December 2003
November 2003
October 2003
September 2003
August 2003
July 2003
June 2003
May 2003
April 2003
March 2003
February 2003
January 2003
December 2002
November 2002
October 2002
September 2002
August 2002
July 2002
June 2002
May 2002
April 2002
March 2002
February 2002
January 2002
December 2001
November 2001
October 2001
September 2001
August 2001
July 2001
June 2001
May 2001
April 2001
March 2001
February 2001
January 2001
December 2000
November 2000
October 2000
September 2000
August 2000
July 2000
June 2000
May 2000
April 2000
March 2000
February 2000
January 2000
December 1999
November 1999
October 1999
September 1999
August 1999
July 1999
June 1999
May 1999
April 1999
March 1999
February 1999
January 1999
December 1998
November 1998
October 1998
September 1998
August 1998
July 1998
June 1998
May 1998
April 1998
March 1998
February 1998
January 1998
December 1997
November 1997
October 1997
September 1997
August 1997
July 1997
June 1997
May 1997
April 1997
March 1997
February 1997

ATOM RSS1 RSS2



LISTSERV.NAL.USDA.GOV

CataList Email List Search Powered by the LISTSERV Email List Manager