Verspil niet, Wil niet

ROME – Elk jaar verspillen of verliezen we 1,3 miljard ton aan voedsel; een derde van ’s werelds jaarlijkse voedselproductie. De enorme schaal van dit getal is bijna onmogelijk te bevatten, hoe je het ook benadert. Probeer je 143.000 Eiffeltorens op elkaar gestapeld voor te stellen, of een berg van 10 biljoen bananen.

Dit getal is alleen nog maar ondoorgrondelijker omdat, naast deze gigantische verspilling en verlies, 840 miljoen mensen dagelijks chronische honger ondervinden. Nog vele miljoenen meer hebben ‘stille honger’; ondervoeding en een tekort aan vitamines en mineralen.

Voor de meer economisch ingestelden is hier nog een getal: verspilling en verlies van voedsel kosten, uitgedrukt in producentenprijzen, ongeveer 750 miljard dollar per jaar. Als we het over verkoopprijzen zouden hebben en de bredere impact op het milieu (inclusief klimaatverandering) dan zou dit getal nog veel hoger uitvallen.

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