05/06/2013

Since 1972, June 5th is the day that, under the sponsorship of the UN, intense actions are taken to raise awareness about the importance of environmental protection and taking definite action is promoted.

This year’s theme is Think.Eat.Save. with the goal to counteract food waste and loss of this precious resource that a large portion of the population is lacking. It is tragic to know that the FAO estimates 1.3 billion tones of food being thrown away each year, while 1 in 8 people are starving and more than 20,000 children under 5 years of age die each day.

Does this make you think? The picture is even worse when you think about how much food is being thrown away in developed parts of the world. Since it is estimated that around one third of food is being thrown away or wasted, it is quite easy to conclude how much pressure this is putting on natural resources and impacting the environment. The global food production takes up around 70% of fresh water supplies, 80% of deforestation is on its account, and it makes up around 30% of greenhouse emissions.

What can we do as an individual? When buying, make your decision so that you purchase food that uses up resources as little as possible. Organically grown food means that no pesticides and fertilizers were used. Try this approach - to produce a liter of milk, around 1,000 liters of water are necessary, 16,000 liters to raise one cow whose meat is necessary for a single hamburger…

To begin, buy locally grown food - that way you will at least know that there was minimal pollution during its transport, unlike if it had to be shipped from somewhere across the world.

In short,

Think before you eat and help save our environment!

More on: : http://www.unep.org/wed/