The waste and losses of all kinds of products have a huge social, environmental and economic impact.
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The SDG (Sustainable Development Goals) number 10 pursues the Reduction of Inequalities, through different strategies and focusing on different problems.
A significant example is seen in the case of food. In our global society there are, at the same time, 900 million hungry people, 3 billion who cannot afford a healthy diet and 1 billion who overeat.
One of the causes is that we throw too much food, too much, from farm to plate … Do you know that losses of at least a third of the food we produce each year are estimated, about 1,600 million tons? Fresh fruits and vegetables, essential in a healthy and varied diet, are the ones that are most lost.
What if we could reduce those losses by applying more efficient storage and transportation technologies? What if we received real-time alerts that allow us to save those products?
Losses and waste of products also pose a high environmental cost, because we need to produce more, and this impacts:
Land : Soils are under unnecessary pressure with the use of synthetic fertilizers and pesticides and the increased need for cultivated area (In 2007, almost 1.4 billion hectares of land were used to produce food that was not consumed. This represents one more area bigger than Canada and India together)
Water : 70% of fresh water is used in agriculture, and all wasted food is wasted water. In 2007, the global water footprint of food waste was around 250 km3; 3.6 times the water footprint of total US consumption
Climate change : Food waste alone generates GEIS emissions estimated at 3.3 billion tons / year. Only China and the US emit more … Remember that oil is used in all phases of production, from fertilizers, mechanized planting and harvesting, irrigation, cooling and transportation … not to mention the gases released in the decomposition of all those products.
Biodiversity : overexploitation, pollution and climate change due to this waste means that we need more arable land, and this affects wild fauna and flora. According to Greenpeace, 9.7 million hectares were deforested in 2016 to be used for crops and livestock, largely motivated by the waste of a third of food.
If we talk about money, the annual economic cost at a global level is USD $ 936,000,000,000 without taking into account the social and environmental impacts.
It is a huge amount of money that we could be using for other purposes. This amount could reduce, for example, one eighth of global malnutrition problems. Or dedicate it to developing programs for innovation, social inclusion, public health…