World Environment Day 2013 - focus “anti-food waste” campaign

World Environment Day 2013 - focus on “anti-food waste” campaign

4:53 AM, 5th June 2013
World Environment Day 2013 - focus on “anti-food waste” campaign
The theme for this year’s World Environment Day celebrations is Think.Eat.Save, an anti-food waste and food loss campaign that encourages us to reduce our foodprint.

NEW YORK, US: World Environment Day is an annual event that is aimed at being the biggest and most widely celebrated global day for positive environmental action. World Environment Day activities take place all year round and climax on 5 June 2013 every year, involving everyone from everywhere. World Environment Day is also a day for people from all walks of life to come together to ensure a cleaner, greener and brighter outlook for themselves and future generations.

Through World Environment Day, the United Nations Environment Programme is able to personalize environmental issues and enable everyone to realize not only their responsibility, but also their power to become agents for change in support of sustainable and equitable development.

The theme for this year’s World Environment Day celebrations is Think.Eat.Save. Think.Eat.Save is an anti-food waste and food loss campaign that encourages us to reduce your foodprint. According to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), every year 1.3 billion tonne of food is wasted. This is equivalent to the same amount produced in the whole of sub-Saharan Africa. At the same time, 1 in every 7 people in the world go to bed hungry and more than 20,000 children under the age of 5 die daily from hunger. 

Given this enormous imbalance in lifestyles and the resultant devastating effects on the environment, this year’s theme – Think.Eat.Save – encourages us to become more aware of the environmental impact of the food choices made and empowers us to make informed decisions. 

While the planet is struggling to provide us with enough resources to sustain its 7 billion people (growing to 9 billion by 2050), FAO estimates that a third of global food production is either wasted or lost. Food waste is an enormous drain on natural resources and a contributor to negative environmental impacts.

This year’s campaign rallies take action from home and then witness the power of collective decisions made to reduce food waste, save money, minimise the environmental impact of food production and force food production processes to become more efficient.

If food is wasted, it means that all the resources and inputs used in the production of all the food are also lost. For example, it takes about 1,000 litre of water to produce 1 litre of milk and about 16,000 litre goes into a cow’s food to make a hamburger. The resulting greenhouse gas emissions from the cows themselves, and throughout the food supply chain, all end up in vain when we waste food.

So think before you eat and help save our environment!

© United Nations News

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