The report suggests that European countries and the USA were the worst offenders, discarding as much as half of all food. In the developing nations, the issues of food waste are more to do with poor engineering and agricultural practices, inadequate transport and storage infrastructure.
In the UK, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) estimated that a third of all bread purchased is discarded even though it could safely be eaten. Research by the anti-food waste organization Wrap, says 680,000 tons of bakery waste is discarded each year at a cost of £1.1 billion ($1.76 billion).
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