Can you stomach this? Kingdom tops food wasters list


Published — Saturday 15 February 2014

Last update 16 February 2014 4:43 pm

| نسخة PDF Print News | A A

Oliver Twist asked for more and did not get any soup. For most of the GCC states, it is a question of taking far too much and not eating it.
According to the Rome-based Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), a third of the food produced globally is wasted and this costs the global economy $750 billion annually, a figure higher than the GDP of several developed countries.
The GCC region has the dubious distinction of being a frontliner in this waste parade, both on the domestic and the commercial front. The exponential increase in the number of food outlets, restaurants and cafes has generated a further spike in wastage.
The call for a waste management strategy has been made at several conferences but very little has been done to implement the recommended controls. On the contrary, the neglect is reflected in the fact that the UAE and Saudi Arabia have the highest per person per day garbage disposal in terms of weight, often five times that of other countries.
A little over 40 million residents in the GCC generate 26 million tons of uneaten food or roughly 667 kg per person annually which hits an average of 1.5 kg per day for each individual with the UAE tipping the 2 kg mark. Of this total, 17 million tons are contributed by Saudi Arabia.
With acute water shortage directly linked to food production and a tangible fear that taps will run dramatically dry by 2050 in the region, the need of the hour is to activate stringent measures, and to do that now.
The most logical and instant contribution to reduction is to cook less. But for multiple cultural and social reasons that does not occur.
The UN report underscores frightening implications if attitudes do not change and disposal systems are not upgraded. It says rotting food creates greenhouse gases and the wide range of food packaging materials compromises the recycling of the wasted food into organic energy, since much of it is nonbiodegradable.

What's happening around Saudi Arabia

The Kingdom has shared very friendly relations with the United States since the beginning of bilateral ties in the 1930s when full diplomatic relations were established. Despite all the ups and downs in recent years on certain policies, especially on...
AL-NAIRIYA: Women in Al-Nairiya governorate have called on the government to only allow gender-based voting because they believe this would allow women to get places on the new municipal councils.Nouf Al-Otaibi, a businesswoman in the area, said men...
RIYADH: Women in Saudi Arabia have been allocated a package of services to ensure their development and employment, Labor Minister Mufrej Al-Haqabani said Tuesday.The minister was speaking at the first panel discussion at the second National Business...
JEDDAH: Security authorities in Turaif in the Northern Border Province have arrested a young man in his 20s for killing his parents and wounding his siblings at their house on Wednesday.The arrested man reportedly used a sharp object to kill his pare...
The Date and Palm Festival, organized by the Royal Commission for Jubail (RCJ) at the Al-Fanateer waterfront in Jubail Industrial City, has received more than 90,000 visitors since its launch last Thursday.In addition, on Sunday the event received mo...
JEDDAH: Over two million animals would be available for slaughter this Haj season, according to the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI).Suleiman Al-Jabri, chairman of the JCCI’s livestock traders committee, said that more than 1 million sh...

Stay Connected