January 27, 2023

On today's show, Adrian and Ethan discuss global hunger and food waste.

Today, 795 million people are hungry. Another 2 billion are expected to join them by 2050. However, the world’s farmers produce enough food to feed 1.5x the global population. That’s enough to feed 10 billion.

Global hunger isn’t about a lack of food. Right now, the world produces enough food to nourish every man, woman and child on the planet.

Our inability to feed the entirety of the world’s population is mostly due to food waste. Globally, 30–40% of all food is wasted.

For many Americans, this food waste happens in the kitchen — when we prepare food that is left uneaten or spoils in our fridges and cabinets.

For millions of people in low-income countries, this food waste happens at harvest time. Poor storage leads to pest infestations or mold that ruin crops before they can be eaten.

Along with chronic poverty, conflict and natural disasters, food waste is one of the root causes of hunger worldwide.