The Causes And Impact Of Food Wastage In Malaysia

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1.0 Introduction In recent years, food shortages are prevailing in some countries and people have begun to recognize serious concerns about this issue. Food wastage can be defined as the food that is discarded or lost uneaten (in-text reference). Food wastage is not only an economic loss, all of the natural resources used for growing, packaging, transporting and marketing were also wasted. FAO (2013) evaluate that each year, approximately one-third of all food produced (1.3 billion tons) for human consumption in the world is lost or wasted and this 1.3 billon tons of food is enough to feed 4 times 868 million starving people. It also represents a missed opportunity to improve global food security and the use of resources from food chains in a world where one in 8 is hungry. Thus, this report is prepared for the Ministry of Food and Agriculture with the purpose of highlighting the impact of food wastage and to suggest ways to reduce it. This report provides the causes and impact of food wastage and initiative on food waste reduction in Malaysia. The contribution of each geographic region to food wastage are also analysed in this report. 2.0 The causes of food wastage 2.1 Increase in household food waste Increase in household food waste up to 40% of the average household bin is food. For the average Australian household that means around $1000 worth of food is thrown away every year (in-text reference). The current volumes of household food waste are problematic in a number
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