About a third of the planet’s food goes to waste, often because of its looks. That’s enough to feed two billion people.
Every year some six billion pounds of U.S. fruits and vegetables go unharvested or unsold, often for aesthetic reasons.
This months National Geographic has a great article about Food Waste (despite being recently bought by News Corp); “…Globally a year’s production of uneaten food guzzles as much water as the entire annual flow of the Volga, Europe’s most voluminous river. Growing the 133 billion pounds of food that retailers and consumers discard in the United States annually slurps the equivalent of more than 70 times the amount of oil lost in the Gulf of Mexico’s Deepwater Horizon disaster, according to American Wasteland author Jonathan Bloom. These staggering numbers don’t even include the losses from farms, fishing vessels, and slaughterhouses. If food waste were a country, it would be the third largest producer of greenhouse gases in the world, after China and the U.S….” etc…