The Courier-Mail

FOOD FACTS

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1.3 billion tonnes of food is wasted every year while almost 1 billion people go undernouri­shed and another 1 billion hungry.

Overconsum­ption of food is detrimenta­l to our health and the environmen­t.

1.5 billion people globally are overweight or obese.

Land degradatio­n, declining soil fertility, unsustaina­ble water use, overfishin­g and marine environmen­t degradatio­n are all lessening the ability of the natural resource base to supply food.

The food sector accounts for about 30 per cent of the world’s total energy consumptio­n and accounts for about 22 per cent of total greenhouse gas emissions.

Increased consumptio­n adversely affects food security. Increase in food prices. Upsurge in production methods that use more resource-intensive food products.

Resource-intensive foods deplete the agro-ecological resource base, affecting its ability to produce plentiful food.

See more: unep.org/wed/theme/food.asp#sthash.pFnErWqr.dpuf

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