Presentation on theme: "Food for thought. At present 854 million people – one person in every eight – are hungry, and the current crisis caused by rapid increase in food prices."— Presentation transcript:
Food for thought
At present 854 million people – one person in every eight – are hungry, and the current crisis caused by rapid increase in food prices many add another 100 million people to that count (‘Need, greed and the global food crisis’ by Jean Blaylock)
The number of chronically hungry people is growing by 4 million per year. (Food and Agriculture Organisation)
Hunger kills an estimated 10 million people every year (Church World Service)
“Many of the world’s hungry are not short of food because of a disaster or crop failure but because of long- term poverty that means they cannot afford the food that is available in their local markets.” (Church World Service)
One in four children in developing countries is underweight (UNICEF)
A child dies of hunger every 5 seconds (Food and Agriculture Organisation)
In the UK the average household spends 9% of its budget on food, down from 16% in 1984.
The average person throws away 194kg of organic waste each year, which is equivalent to 2,800 banana skins. (Wacky Waste Facts)
This costs the average home more than £420 a year. 6.7 million tonnes of food is discarded in the UK annually = £8 billion. The proportion of edible, unused products is 60% by weight, 70% by value = £ 4.1 million which could have been eaten (WRAP)
Most food waste in Britain is made up of completely untouched food products. Every day, Britain throws away: 1.6 million bananas 550,000 chickens 5.1 million potatoes 1.3 million yoghurt pots 300,000 packs of crisps 440,000 ready meals 710,00 packs of sweets and chocolates 260,00 packs of cheese 50,000 milkshake bottles 25,000 cooking sauces 220,000 loaves of bread 660,000 eggs 1.2 million sausages 4.4 million apples
WRAP (the UK Government’s campaign, Waste & Resources Action Programme) calculated that stopping the waste could reduce the annual emission of carbon dioxide by 18 million tonnes – the same effect as taking one in five cars off the roads.
“The WCC views the primary cause of the current crisis as inappropriate human actions which have induced climate change and skyrocketing food prices. Human actions that are driven by greed have created poverty, hunger and climate change. Humanity must be challenged to overcome its greed.” (Rev Dr Samuel Kobia, WCC General Secretary)
“The Lord’s Prayer highlights that having enough to eat is, and has always been, central to the Christian idea of a world shaped by justice and mercy. If God’s will was done, no one would go hungry.” (Sushant Agrawal, Director of India’s Church’s Auxiliary for Social Action)