Amount of food waste in Singapore hits record high [News]
By Walter Sim, The Straits Times, 1 Jul 2013.
From the factory right down to the dining table, more food is being dumped in Singapore.
A new record was set for food wastage last year as 703,200 tonnes were generated – a 26 per cent spike from the 558,900 tonnes produced in 2007.
This far outpaced the 15.8 per cent growth in the local population over the same period.
The National Environment Agency (NEA) said that besides population growth, a rise in tourist arrivals and increasing affluence had contributed to the problem.
Mr Jose Raymond, executive director of the Singapore Environment Council, said the “ease of accessibility to food and increased food variety” could also have worsened the wastage.
The problem has permeated every link of the supply chain. In a statement to The Straits Times, the NEA noted that food wastage “is being produced in homes, as well as food manufacturing and catering industries, foodcourts, restaurants, supermarkets and hawker centres”.
But the amount of food being recycled each year remains low.
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Source: The Straits Times