Reducing food waste can save resources, minimize environmental impacts: Ban

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Think. Eat. Save. Reduce your foodprint.

We live in a world of plenty, where food production outstrips demand. Yet, 870 million people are undernourished and childhood stunting is a silent pandemic.

That's what UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Wednesday in a message marking World Environment Day.

The Secretary-General said to create the future we want, we must correct this inequity. We must ensure access to adequate nutrition for all, double the productivity of smallholder farmers who grow the bulk of food in the developing world, and make food systems sustainable in the face of environmental and economic shocks.

He said this is the vision of his Zero Hunger Challenge, launched last year at the Rio+20 UN Conference on Sustainable Development.

Secretary-General Ban said food loss and waste is something we can all address. That is why the United Nations Environment Programme, the UN Food and Agricultural Organization and public and private sector partners have launched the "Think.Eat.Save: Reduce Your Foodprint" campaign to raise global awareness and showcase solutions relevant to developed and developing countries alike.

On this World Environment Day, he urged all actors in the global food chain to take responsibility for environmentally sustainable and socially equitable food systems. Secretary-General Ban concluded that by reducing food waste, we can save money and resources, minimize environmental impacts and, most importantly, move towards a world where everyone has enough to eat.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

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