FAO launches its new report on environmental consequences of food waste
Rome/Nairobi, 11 September 2013-- The report "Food Wastage Footprint: Impacts on Natural Resources" is the first study to analyze the impacts of global food wastage from an environmental perspective, looking specifically at its consequences for the climate, water and land use, and biodiversity. And beyond its environmental impacts, the direct economic consequences to producers of food wastage per year (excluding fish and seafood) are of $750 billion. The waste of 1.3 billion tonnes of food per year is not only causing major economic losses but also wreaking significant harm on the natural resources that humanity relies upon to feed itself.
Mr. José Graziano da Silva, FAO Director-General, delivers his introductory remarks at the press conference on the launch of the new FAO report on the environmental impacts of food wastage.
Mr. Achim Steiner, Executive Director, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), during the press conference on the launch of the new FAO report on the environmental impacts of food wastage (via video streaming).
Questions and answers from the press conference.