The World Environment Day is a public holiday proclaimed in 1972 by General Assembly of the United Nations and is celebrated every year on June 5. Each edition has a theme as a common thread that binds all the global initiatives that take place in honor of the Environment. Last year the day was titled Think, Eat, Save.
Not just a theme, but a true motto that has seen every state, NGOs, and regional committee also participate 5 June to thousands of initiatives around the world. Last year the main event was hosted in Mongolia and had as its main theme the contrast of food waste.
Worldwide each year one third of the food produced is thrown during any of the steps from the producer to the consumer. He remembers the UNEP, the UN agency for the environment, which has chosen precisely the theme of food stamp for the World Day for the Environment for each call to responsibility and to become the protagonist of change in support of sustainable development and equitable
These 1.3 billion tons of food, says the agency, worth one million dollars, would be enough to feed 870 million people every day have nothing to eat, in addition to being a waste of emissions of CO2. To emphasize the bitter irony of the fact that food wastage and at most in a moment and easy to store food UNEP and FAO have instead picked a site in all the ways that are traditionally preserved foods .
The initiative has rediscovered as the practice of the army of Genghis Khan to dry so much meat from a cow to reduce the size of a fist, or the one used by the Inuit to prepare the Kiviak, a fermenting meat a small bird of prey in a lot of sealskin. Reduce wasted food and challenging economic, ethical and environmental said Achim Steiner, UNEP's Director General one way and look at how cultures less wasteful give value to every bite, and assess how imitate.
Mongolia is a country that is growing most in the world, and aims to ensure this growth with a green economy. While Mongolia does not waste food in a meaningful way, the traditional nomadic lifestyle of some of its inhabitants-that have developed ways to preserve food for long periods -Offers some old responses to the modern challenge of food waste.