UN highlights food waste in Kenya

The United Nations says about a third of all the food produced around the world is needlessly wasted.
Last Modified: 20 Feb 2013 07:02

About half of everything grown in Kenya is exported, but almost a third of that is thrown out, not because it is rotten, but for aesthetic reasons.

The UN believes this to be outrageous, and to make the point, it organised a banquet using only produce that would otherwise be tossed away or fed to animals.

The UN Environment Programme believes there needs to be a revolution in the way food is handled from the farm to the fork. This is the beginning.

Al Jazeera's Peter Greste reports from Nairobi.


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