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Call for action against food loss in drive for sustainable development

The UN’s food agency says around 14% of food produced globally is lost.

Vegetables on sale in London (Kirsty O’Connor/PA)
Vegetables on sale in London (Kirsty O’Connor/PA)

By Associated Press Reporter

The United Nations’ food agency says around 14% of the food produced globally is lost and is urging action to address the causes of food loss as part of efforts to protect the environment.

In a report Monday, the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) stressed the need to reduce food loss as “firmly embedded in the 2030 agenda for sustainable development”.

However, it noted that a combination of causes, including harvesting and handling practices, a lack of infrastructure, agricultural blights and climatic conditions, keep fuelling large food losses around the world.

FAO said its estimates focus on losses between harvest and markets.

It said Central and Southern Asia have the highest levels of food losses at over 20%, followed by North America and Europe at more than 15%.

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A combine harvester at work (Joe Giddens/PA)

Food is also wasted at the retail and consumer levels.

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