World wastes 30% of all food

Monday, June 06, 2011

There’s no reason to waste food. 

A gut-wrenching fact: 30% of all food produced in the world each year is wasted or lost, with developed countries wasting 10 times more food than a developing one.  That’s about 1.3 billion tons, according to a new report by the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization. That’s the weight of more than 8.6 million full-grown blue whales, the largest creatures on earth or the weight of more than 2.3 million Airbus A380s, the largest commercial planes in existence.  It’s almost unfathomable isn’t it?

Here’s another statistic: all the food that the world’s richest countries waste is about equal to all the food that sub-Saharan Africa produces. Basically, the waste of the rich could feed much of the African continent.

A major change of mindset is what is needed, and one of the biggest challenges is helping people get over the perception of food perfection.

 The U.N.  suggests:

  • Charities work together with markets to collect food that’s unsold and about to pass its expiry date to be redistributed or cooked up at food kitchens for the needy and homeless.
    Simply don’t buy more food than you need.  You’re more likely to not finish it, you’ll end up throwing it away and you’ll have wasted your money.
    And my own personal tip: if I eat at a restaurant and can’t finish it all, I ask for a doggie bag.

 It’s up to all of us to use our common sense to eat and shop just a bit wiser.  Remember, we’ve got 1.3 billion tons of food on our plate to clean up – each year and counting.



USDA lowers minimum safe cooking temperature for pork

Monday, June 06, 2011

The United States Department of Agriculture is dropping their baseline metric for safe pork cooking from 160°F (71.11 Celsius) to 145°F (62.77 Celsius) and adding a three-minute rest time. The safe temperature for cuts of beef, veal, and lamb remains unchanged at 145°F.

Cooking raw pork, steaks, roasts, and chops to 145°F with the addition of a three-minute rest time will result in a product that is both microbiologically safe and at its best quality.



Australian farmers feeling the most confident about the future

Monday, June 06, 2011

Food and agribusiness bank, Rabobank Australia, released its quarterly rural confidence survey which questioned about 1200 farmers across Australia and found that confidence had moderated compared to the prior quarter, but was at the highest level recorded for the second quarter since 2001.

Farmers were buoyed by favourable commodity prices and good autumn rains, with 42 per cent expecting conditions to improve in the coming year, compared to 48 per cent in the prior quarter.

Many farmers had received abundant summer rain and a top-up in autumn, which was good for the start of the winter cropping season, and prices for beef, sheep, and grain were relatively firm given strong demand and short supply.



MLA board seeks directors

Monday, June 06, 2011

Meat and Livestock Australia is seeking three independent directors to its board.

Experience and industry knowledge in on- and off-farm production, research and development and marketing are a must.

Additionally, the successful candidates will ideally have experience in corporate governance and strategy development and a background in northern beef production or sheepmeat production.

Applications close June 10.

For more information, please go to:  http://www.weeklytimesnow.com.au/article/2011/05/26/335621_opinion-columnists.html

 



Live export ban bill

Monday, June 06, 2011

Independant MP Andrew Wilkie wants to ban all live exports within three years.

The Tasmanian independent will meet with Federal Agriculture Minister Joe Ludwig this afternoon to outline his private member’s bill to immediately ban cattle exports to Indonesia and a three-year phrase out plan for all live trade.



The food desert in your own backyard

Monday, June 06, 2011

America's national image may be one of waving wheat fields and overflowing platters, but the reality for many communities is much less plentiful. A new interactive map built by the United States Department of Agriculture allows users to locate the food deserts in their neighborhood and across the country, simply by typing in an address or zip code.  Click here for more information

 




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