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More than 70 nations pledge to reduce food waste

Last Updated Nov 9, 2019 at 12:55 pm PST

Various vegetables are on display for sale at the Jean Talon Market in Montreal on January 11, 2016. More than half the food produced in Canada is wasted and the average kitchen tosses out hundreds of dollars worth of edibles every year, says a study researchers are calling the first of its kind. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson
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More than 70 countries have pledged to do more to cut down on the amount of food lost due to poor refrigeration

countries signed a made-in-Canada protocol Saturday n Rome at an annual meeting of the Montreal Protocol

About one-third of the world's food is lost or wasted

ROME — More than 70 countries have pledged to do more to cut down on the amount of food lost due to poor refrigeration.

The countries signed the pledge Saturday at an annual meeting of the Montreal Protocol where ministers, government officials and experts work on regulating man-made chemicals used in refrigeration and air-conditioning systems that are harmful to the ozone layer. The meeting took place at the United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organization headquarters in Rome.

About one-third of the world’s food is lost or wasted and the hope is that developing better methods to keep food cold while it’s stored and transported will reduce waste.

Poor refrigeration leads to the loss of about 9% of perishable food in developed countries and about 23% in developing countries.