World Environment Day was celebrated on the 5th of June. This year’s theme was “Think, Eat, Save”. The figures speak for themselves: each year 1.3 billion tons of food goes to waste (according to official data from the FAO, the Food and Agriculture Organization), while 20,000 children under five die in the world each day from malnutrition.
The objective of this campaign is to make people aware of these huge unbalances and the effect they have on the environment. It may seem unbelievable, but it takes 16,000 litres of water just to make one single hamburger. And here’s another shocking example: it takes 1,000 litres of water to produce just one litre of milk; (data source: UNEP, United Nations Environment Programme). We should stop to think about these figures every time we pour what’s left of our glass of milk down the sink…
This year’s campaign hopes to encourage people to find out more about this situation, and to do something about it: by throwing away less food, not only do we save money but we also help to reduce the environmental impact of food production, one of the activities most responsible for the loss of biodiversity throughout the planet.
How can we do our bit? We should always choose local, seasonal products that haven’t had to be carried in a plane from some far-flung part of the world, we should use recyclable fabric bags, we should bulk-buy whenever possible to cut down on the number of containers we use, and we should buy organically grown produce whenever we can… In short, we need to open our eyes and to begin to think sensibly about what we buy and what we consume.
This video has lots of interesting information about this issue.