WORLD - One-Third of Global Food Supply Wasted

Arno Froese

A third of the world’s food is lost before it ever reaches anyone’s plate, a panel of global experts has warned as it called for a war on waste to improve worldwide diets.

Waste and spoilage in harvesting, storage, transport and shops accounts for an estimated 1.3 billion tons of food a year and squanders huge amounts of resources.

The panel led by the UK’s former chief scientific adviser, Sir John Beddington, estimated the value of wasted food reaches $1 trillion (£777bn) each year.

“Meanwhile, approximately one third of all the food produced for human consumption never reaches the consumer’s plate or bowl.”

“The numbers are staggering,” the panel reported. “Each year more than half of all the fruits and vegetables produced globally are lost or wasted. A vital source of protein, around 25 percent of all the meat produced—equivalent to 75 million cows—is not consumed.”

The fight against global hunger has in recent decades relied on growing more starchy staple crops like grains. But while that has seen the proportion of starving people fall sharply, billions are left with unhealthy diets. Squandering less of the nutritious food already grown could dramatically improve diets, the panel said.

In developing countries, waste is high after food is harvested and while it is being processed, as poor storage and transport often leads to it spoiling or rotting. In developed countries there is high waste in shops and homes where food is thrown out., 13 November 2018

Arno's commentary

Another report showing much of our food is wasted; in this case, one-third globally. Some five to six decades ago, researchers proclaimed that the world is running out of food due to overpopulation. Today, they have been found wrong, and so will all those who try to identify the future of this world.

Technology in agriculture has developed so successfully that an over-abundance of food is produced globally. While not too long ago, up to 95% of the population was employed in agriculture, today it’s a mere 2% in the developed world. 

Viewing this from a Bible prophecy perspective, we realize how mankind becomes more and more independent from God. While farmers only a century ago would fall on their knees and pray for rain or sunshine in order to harvest grains, today technology has developed to such an extent that God is excluded, and technology is virtually worshiped. Will it continue? We believe so, based on Genesis 8:22: “While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.” That, of course, is the real reason why there is an abundance of food available for modern humanity.

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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