published at Grit Magazine:
"Several years ago a study found that up to a third of all food sold
was thrown away uneaten – inexcusable in a country where farmers
struggle and children go hungry. That country was the United Kingdom,
which has a generally good record of conserving its resources, so
pundits wondered what a global study would find.
Such a study was released earlier this year – by the Institution for
Mechanical Engineers, somewhat surprisingly – and looked at impoverished
Third-World nations as well as the prosperous West. Unfortunately,
their findings revised the figure … upwards."