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The Growing Issue of Food Waste in Mexico
Miguel Angel Miranda
October 25, 2023
Miguel Angel Miranda
October 25, 2023

The Growing Issue of Food Waste in Mexico

Food waste is a growing problem in Mexico. While over 28 million Mexicans face food insecurity, the country has experienced a 40% increase in wasted food, according to the Mexican Food Banks Network (BAMX)

The Scale of the Problem

Food waste in Mexico is a pressing issue that impacts both quantitatively and qualitatively. The country discards approximately 30 million tons of food each year, creating a profound inequality in food distribution.

Food waste represents a substantial economic loss and has a significant environmental impact. It includes not only expired items but also products perfectly suitable for human consumption.

This trend is not unique to Mexico; a recent report from the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) revealed a 40% increase in global food waste, highlighting a concerning worldwide trend.

Shared Responsibility

Addressing this problem is a shared responsibility that spans the entire supply chain. Food waste originates in agricultural production and extends to distribution and the end consumer.

Society also plays a crucial role by discarding food based on aesthetic standards, emphasizing the importance of consumer awareness.

Effective collaboration is needed between the government, the food industry, and conscientious consumers to tackle this challenge effectively, focusing on policies that promote food donation and waste reduction.

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Sources: Goula, The Food Tech, PROFECO, SIAP