Over A Third Of UK Fruit And Veg Wasted Because Of Apperance: Study
A team of UK researchers has found that over a third of fruit and vegetables grown in Britain never make it to the shelves because their appearance does not meet supermarket and consumer standards.
In new research published in the Journal of Cleaner Production, the researchers from the University of Edinburgh found that more than 50 million tonnes of fruit and vegetables grown across the European Economic Area (EEA) are discarded each year.
'One Of The Great Scourges Of Our Time'
This wasted produce, defined under the term Food Loss and Waste (FLW), is deemed 'unacceptable' in the report, especially given than 10% percent of the world (about 815 million people) still suffers from chronic hunger, according to the Global Hunger Index.
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