ISRAEL - 3.2 Billion Shekels Worth of Food Wasted

Arno Froese

The 2019 report, released for the first time with Israel’s Ministry of Environmental Protection, is intended to serve as the foundation for public discourse on the problem of food waste, and as a tool for developing national policy to change how food waste and rescue are handled in Israel.

This report, written and edited by BDO, is based on 2019 data, prior to the COVID-19 crisis. It includes a detailed model for estimating the environmental impact of food waste which is NIS 3.2 billion ($945 million).

Estimates in the report reveal that in Israel, in 2019, 2.5 million tons (5.5 billion pounds) of food, valued at NIS 20.3 billion (US $6 billion), was wasted, meaning that approximately 35% of domestic food production was lost. Of this amount, approximately 1.2 million tons (2.65 million pounds), worth NIS 7.1 billion (US $2.1 billion), was rescuable.

The findings indicate that food rescue is beneficial from economic, social, and environmental perspectives. Every shekel invested in food rescue produces food with a direct value of US $3.6. When taking the environmental impact of food rescue into account, the economic value of each shekel invested in food rescue creates US $4.2 in value for the national economy.

Arno's Commentary

“Give us this day our daily bread” is apparently no longer an issue. It shows modern man’s success at producing food in abundance.

From Matthew 14, we know that food was a valuable commodity. When Jesus fed 5,000 men, “besides women and children,” we read in verse 20: “And they did all eat, and were filled: and they took up of the fragments that remained twelve baskets full.” 

Today, food is available in such abundance that little is being done by governments to avoid food waste. But Israel does not stand alone. Investopedia lists five countries that produce the most waste: 

1. Canada
2. Bulgaria
3. United States
4. Estonia 
5. Finland

What does it mean? Simply put, human ingenuity is now capable of producing an over-abundance of food globally. In Israel, the Leket organization rescues food otherwise wasted for distribution to those in need. 

Nevertheless, the tendency is clearer as time goes by: mankind becomes more and more independent from God the Creator. To be thankful for food is almost a thing of the past.

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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