One-third of all food that is produced is thrown away without ever reaching peoples stomachs. And it’s not just the food itself that is wasted, but also precious land and water resources. Food waste in landfills is one of the biggest contributors of gas emissions.
To reduce food waste by 50 percent by 2020, eaters and consumers can support the current campaigns that aim to increase awareness of the effects of food waste from seed to fork including; Think.Eat.Save, Save Food Initiative, Zero Hunger Challenge, Love Food Hate Waste, DC Central Kitchen, Feeding the 5000, Food Recovery Network, and many more.
Eaters can also reduce their own food-print by meal planning, storing food properly, using leftovers, buying ‘ugly’ fruits and vegetables, and encouraging restaurants to reduce their food waste. Join the WED Challenge and Team Gisele to commit to reducing food waste and your personal food-print.
Nearly one-third of all crop production is dedicated to feeding livestock or fueling cars, not feeding people. At the same time, nearly one billion people go to bed hungry each night. By 2020, 40 million hectares of land around the globe will be converted for biofuel crops.
But family farmers in sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, Latin America, and North America are already cultivating sustainable practices that will help protect the planet’s resources. Family farmers are more than food producers; they are stewards of biodiversity, climate change fighters, and entrepreneurs, boosting local economies. To help them do their multiple jobs better, we need to invest more in family farmers—small and large—around the world. Watch Food Tank’s video about the importance of family farmers here. And pledge your support to family farmers around the world by signing this petition and joining the conversation.
While hunger continues to plague at least one in six people on the planet, 1.5 billion people struggle with being overweight or obese. For every malnourished person there are two overweight individuals.
Last year, people around the world came together and celebrate the World environment Day in different ways. Bike riders in Kenya and their families collected garbage and spread awareness of waste on WED. In the United States, First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move Campaign encourages students to get active at school and home.
Individuals and communities can come together to educate youth on gardening, sharing food, and more healthful and sustainable food choices. There are many tools, including how to get involved, create healthier schools, and empower parents and caregivers, to help cultivate a new generation of thinkers, eaters, and leaders.
The Milan Expo 2015, themed, “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life,” civil society will come together and draft a single framework - the Milan Protocol - for encouraging political leaders to address the challenges of food, agriculture, nutrition, and environmental sustainability.
The Protocol aims to connect citizens and policy makers around a triple objective to promote healthy lifestyles and fight obesity; to promote sustainable agriculture; and to reduce food waste by 50 percent by 2020.
The Protocol represents a commitment to work for long-lasting and environmentally sustainable change—from both the public and private sectors.
Please join us in offering support for the Milan Protocol and check in with your individual actions using #WED2014. We hope you’ll join us in promoting positive environmental action and becoming part of history!