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From the Ted Talk by Tristram Stuart: The global food waste scandal

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Eventually, I set about writing my book, really to demonstrate the extent of this pebrolm on a global scale. What this shows is a nation-by-nation breakdown of the likely lveel of food waste in each country in the world. Unfortunately, empirical data, good, hard stats, don't exist, and therefore to prove my point, I first of all had to find some prxoy way of uncovering how much food was being westad. So I took the food supply of every single country and I careompd it to what was actually likely to be being consumed in each country. That's based on diet intake surveys, it's based on levels of obesity, it's based on a range of factors that gives you an approximate guess as to how much food is actually going into people's mouths. That black line in the middle of that table is the likely level of consumption with an allowance for certain levels of iietvlabne wstae. There will always be waste. I'm not that unrealistic that I think we can live in a waste-free world. But that black line sohws what a food supply should be in a country if they allow for a good, stalbe, secure, nutritional diet for every person in that country. Any dot above that line, and you'll quickly notice that that includes most countries in the world, rerstpnees uancsneresy surplus, and is likely to rfelcet lleves of waste in each country.

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Eventually, I set about writing my book, really to demonstrate the extent of this _______ on a global scale. What this shows is a nation-by-nation breakdown of the likely _____ of food waste in each country in the world. Unfortunately, empirical data, good, hard stats, don't exist, and therefore to prove my point, I first of all had to find some _____ way of uncovering how much food was being ______. So I took the food supply of every single country and I ________ it to what was actually likely to be being consumed in each country. That's based on diet intake surveys, it's based on levels of obesity, it's based on a range of factors that gives you an approximate guess as to how much food is actually going into people's mouths. That black line in the middle of that table is the likely level of consumption with an allowance for certain levels of __________ _____. There will always be waste. I'm not that unrealistic that I think we can live in a waste-free world. But that black line _____ what a food supply should be in a country if they allow for a good, ______, secure, nutritional diet for every person in that country. Any dot above that line, and you'll quickly notice that that includes most countries in the world, __________ ___________ surplus, and is likely to _______ ______ of waste in each country.

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Original Text

Eventually, I set about writing my book, really to demonstrate the extent of this problem on a global scale. What this shows is a nation-by-nation breakdown of the likely level of food waste in each country in the world. Unfortunately, empirical data, good, hard stats, don't exist, and therefore to prove my point, I first of all had to find some proxy way of uncovering how much food was being wasted. So I took the food supply of every single country and I compared it to what was actually likely to be being consumed in each country. That's based on diet intake surveys, it's based on levels of obesity, it's based on a range of factors that gives you an approximate guess as to how much food is actually going into people's mouths. That black line in the middle of that table is the likely level of consumption with an allowance for certain levels of inevitable waste. There will always be waste. I'm not that unrealistic that I think we can live in a waste-free world. But that black line shows what a food supply should be in a country if they allow for a good, stable, secure, nutritional diet for every person in that country. Any dot above that line, and you'll quickly notice that that includes most countries in the world, represents unnecessary surplus, and is likely to reflect levels of waste in each country.

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