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September 29th is the day that the United Nations has designated as Awareness of Food Loss and Waste Reduction. Reducing food losses and waste should be a priority in a world where the number of people affected by hunger has been increasing since 2014. Literally tons of edible food are lost or wasted every day. Globally, around 14 percent of food produced is lost between the process of harvesting and retail. It is also estimated that 17 percent of total global food production is wasted through households, food service, and retail sales. Of that 17 percent, 11 percent is attributed to households. “When food is lost or wasted, all the resources that were used to produce this food - including water, land, energy, labor, and capital - go to waste. In addition, the disposal of food loss and waste in landfills, leads to greenhouse gas emissions, contributing to climate change. Food loss and waste can also negatively impact food security and food availability, and contribute to increasing the cost of food.” Awareness of food loss calls for both the public and the private sectors to develop ways to reduce food loss and waste. Remember that we observe ELCA World Hunger Sunday on the 3rd Sunday of every month. Did you know that Apostles is one of the top donors per member in the
Virginia Synod? How about that!!