Ecotechsy participates in the World Environment Day celebration (June 5, 2013)
The theme of World Environment Day this year is: Think-Eat-Save. The campaign against waste and food loss aims to encourage us to reduce our ecological footprint. The FAO (UN Food & Agriculture Organisation) estimates that, each year, 1.3 billion tonnes of food is wasted. This is the same amount of food produced in the whole of sub-Saharan Africa. At the same time, 1 in 7 people in the world go to bed hungry and more than 20,000 children under five die every day from hunger.
Given the wide disparity and inequality of lifestyles that results in devastating effects on the environment, the Think-Eat-Save theme encourages us to become more aware of the environmental impact of our food choices and that our choices make a difference. While the world is struggling to provide enough resources to 7 billion people (9,000,000,000 in 2050), the FAO estimates that one third of global food production is lost or wasted.
Food waste is a huge waste of natural resources and has a negative impact on the environment. The campaign encourages us to take action by starting with ourselves. We will see the power of collective decision-making to reduce food waste, save money, reduce the environmental impact of food production and how this leads to production processes becoming more efficient. If food is wasted, it means that all the resources and components used for production are lost in the process.
For example, 1,000 litres of water are needed to produce one litre of milk and 16,000 litres are needed to feed a cow whose meat will be consumed. When we waste food, large amounts of greenhouse gas emissions from cows and the food supply chain are released. In fact, overall food production occupies 25% of our living area, consumes 70% of drinking water, is responsible for 80% of the deforestation and 30% of greenhouse gas emissions.
It is the most important factor of biodiversity loss and land use change. Making informed decisions means choosing foods that have less impact on the environment, such as organic foods that do not require the use of chemicals in their production process. Choosing to buy locally means that the food is not transported across the world and therefore limits emissions - taken from the UNEP website.