Food wastage footprint. Impacts on natural resources. Summary Report. Fao 2013.
Food wastage footprint. Impacts on natural resources. Summary Report [pdf]Paper  abstract   bibtex   
This study highlights global environmental hotspots related to food wastage at regional and sub-sec- toral levels, for consideration by decision-makers wishing to engage into waste reduction: v Wastage of cereals in Asia emerges as a significant problem for the environment, with major impacts on carbon, blue water and arable land. Rice represents a significant share of these impacts, given the high carbon-intensity of rice production methods (e.g. paddies are major emitters of methane), com- bined with high quantities of rice wastage. v Wastage of meat, even though wastage volumes in all regions are comparatively low, generates a substantial impact on the environment in terms of land occupation and carbon footprint, especially in high income regions (that waste about 67 percent of meat) and Latin America. v Fruit wastage emerges as a blue water hotspot in Asia, Latin America, and Europe because of food wastage volumes. v Vegetables wastage in industrialised Asia, Europe, and South and South East Asia constitutes a high carbon footprint, mainly due to large wastage volumes.

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