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UAE residents throw away $4 billion in food every year

Residents urged to cook smaller meals to cut down on waste

UAE residents throw away $4 billion in food every year
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UAE residents have been urged to cook smaller meals to cut down on $4 billion (AED14.69 billion) of wasted food dumped at landfill sites each year.

More than three million tonnes of food is wasted every year, according to Habiba Al Marashi, Emirates Environmental Group founder and chairperson.

“In 2014, total food imports into the country were $100 billion. That is set to rise to $400 billion in 2020,” said Al Marashi at an EEG event on sustainable consumption.

One-third of all food produced for human consumption is thrown away every year, reported Gulf News. About $680 billion in food waste is landfilled yearly in industrial countries with a further $310 billion in food wasted in developing countries.

The EEG is worked closely with the United Nations Environmental Programme (Unep), Dubai Municipality and corporations and schools to help educate the public about growing consumerism that damages the environment, said the report.

“We need to stand up and take our responsibility very seriously,” said Al Marashi.

Fareed Bushehri, senior sustainable consumption and production officer at Unep’s Bahrain office, said reducing food waste is a top priority for sustainability. He said: “[Our] main mission [is] to decouple economic growth from the adverse effect on the environment.

“We need to promote less materialistic and polluting practices … or find alternatives. We need to set minimal sustainable limits for products.”

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shabeer 4 years ago

will be great if implement penalty for wasting food. restaurants also should fall under this. customer should order what he can eat only.