Mongolia leads way in food waste reduction

5th Jun 2013

Mongolia is hosting an awareness campaign aimed at cutting the amount of wasted food around the planet.

An estimated one-third of all food produced ends up in the bin.

This 1.3 billion tonnes would be enough to feed the 870 million people who go hungry daily.

The figures come from the UN Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO), a co-partner of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

The organisation is behind Wednesday's World Environmental Day (June 5) being celebrated by thousands of people worldwide.

Mongolia stages this year's event with the theme Think. Eat. Save. Reduce Your Footprint.

The FAO and UNEP are encouraging people to think about food in a different way.

Mongolia is leading by example, with food waste rare.

The country is steep in food preservation traditions because of the influence of its large nomadic population, who store food for long periods of time.

UNEP and FAO are using Mongolian practices as an example of possible solutions to present food challenges.

Mongolia's tourism industry has thrived since its democratic revolution of 1990.

The barriers imposed until then means it is a relatively new, unexplored travel destination.

It offers a unique mixture of natural beauty in the shape of the Gobi Desert and its wondrous lakes, and cultural sites.

Mongolia's terrain is ideal for lovers of the great outdoors with trekking holidays (with the Four Holy Peaks highly recommended), horse riding, bird watching, climbing and even camel riding.

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