What do you do on the way home from work? Most likely, many of us definitely go to the store and buy food for the next couple of days. Because of the famine in the end of the day people tend to buy more food than required, resulting in uneaten food is thrown away even though not expired. In 2005, the food and agriculture organization of the UN (FAO) reported that in a landfill is one-third of all human-produced food products. However, in the organization of the study does not take into account the peculiarities of the human metabolism and there was data on the amount of wasted food in relation to individual States, so the researchers decided to conduct a more thorough scientific work. The results were more frightening.
The results of the work carried out by Dutch scientists, led by Monica van den BOS-Verma, was described in the scientific journal Plos One. According to scientists, when the volume of food is thrown sharply increase as soon as for each person to spend more than 6.7 USD per day. According to their calculations, every day each person throws away food with an energy value of about 527 kcal, whereas in 2005, the FAO claimed that the figure is 214 calories. It turns out that humanity emits two times more food than previously thought.
Humanity uses the wrong foods
According to Dr. Tom Achterbosch, if people are more consciously addressed with food, instead of the four it would be possible to feed as many as five. This is especially true for countries where most people with low wages. Researchers believe that to reduce the amount of food consumed only by slightly changing the diet and consuming habits. For example, when going to the store you can simply make a list of the most necessary of purchases and only buy those products that are needed.
To understand how much food is required to satisfy hunger, you can consider that a it is recommended that men consume about 2,500 calories, and women — twice less. Without waste, of course, can not do, but their number should not be more than 214 calories. Unfortunately, over the last 20 years the society has developed a bad tendency to buy food with stock and throw away the leftovers.
Especially strongly this tendency is noticeable in developed countries which can afford to purchase such quantity of products which they are not able to eat before the expiration date. According to the calculations of researchers, in some countries, food waste accounts for as much as 67% of the total waste.