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World Environment Day 2013


Let's not forget that June 5th is there World Environment Day, even if aihmé is not talked about much. For example, I make my case, this morning going to the office in the car I happened to listen to two GR Radios and I have not heard a word about this World Enviroment Day 2013.

Yet the theme is interesting because this year WED Talks about 'foodprint', Food imprint, understood as the contribution that each of us can make to the reduction of waste of food. The motto they invented to talk about it in the squares is also beautiful: 'Think, eat, keep', that is, make sense of what you eat and keep in mind that there will not be any forever, since there is already none for everyone.

There World Environment Day was established by the United Nations Organization UN for a specific reason: to keep memory of the Conference on the Human Environment which took place in Stockholm in 1972 (since then called the Stockholm Conference) in which the United Nations Environment Program was defined, United Nations Environment Program, UNEP

To talk about food waste you risk getting depressed because not even hitting the head against the wall does you understand how certain things are possible. According to the FAO, every year, human beings around the world throw away 1.3 tons of leftovers, about 30% of the food produced and more or less four times what it would take to feed the people who suffer from hunger on the planet.

Not enough for you? Here is another data from a different source: according to the report drawn up byBarilla Center for Food and Nutrition on the occasion of WED 2013, an American citizen throws away on average, every day, l'Equivalent of 1,334 kilocalories; a European citizen, on the other hand, wastes only 720 per day.

We are not here to make the comparison between Americans and Europeans, we just note that two normal Western citizens are enough to waste 2,054 kg / cal every day, that is the average caloric requirement of a person. Not to mention that resources, such as water and land, are also needed to produce food that ends up in garbage, and the air is polluted with greenhouse gas emissions. There World Environment Day 2013 let us think about this too.

Among the reflections and initiatives on the subject WED on how to avoid food speco there is also a new practice called foodsharing, which we talked about recently in this article. Even a web platform can be used to avoid wasting food: from dinner prepared for children who have not returned to unsold boxes of tomato sauce in grocery stores, but there are many examples.


Video: UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiners message for World Environment Day 2013 (October 2020).