Nairobi, 14 February 2013 - Tristram Stuart, food waste activist and founder of Feeding the 5000, a key partner organization of the Think.Eat.Save campaign addressed some 250 youth delegates from over 100 countries, participating at the UNEP’s TUNZA International Youth Conference in Nairobi, Kenya. The one-week Youth conference comes ahead of the First Universal session of UNEP’s Governing Council.
During the Tunza Conference, Stuart shared his international food waste experiences as well as shocking facts and figures with the Youth delegates.
“Farmers, manufacturers, supermarkets and consumers in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa discard up to half of their food—enough to feed all the world's hungry at least three times over”, said Stuart.
“Forests are destroyed and greenhouse gas emissions are released growing food that will never be eaten. While affluent nations throw away food through neglect, in the developing world crops rot because farmers lack the means to process, store and transport them to market,” he added.
Despite the levels of food waste around the world, Stuart assured the youth participants that all is not lost - that there are solutions to what has become one of the world's most pressing environmental and social problems.
“Waste traces the problem around the globe from the top to the bottom of the food production chain”, said Stuart.
“All of us in this room can make a change. I challenge all of you to be mindful and reduce your foodprint at home, in your schools, in your communities. Buying less, freezing more and eating up your leftovers can indeed save considerable amount of food.
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