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More Than 70 Nations Pledge to Slash Food Waste

More Than 70 Nations Pledge to Slash Food Waste

The countries are working to reduce food lost due to poor refrigeration.

At an annual meeting of the Montreal Protocol on November 9, more than 70 countries pledged to reduce the amount of food lost due to poor refrigeration. According to an ABC News report, poor refrigeration leads to the loss of approximately 9 percent of perishable food in developed countries and roughly 23 percent in developing countries.

Experts claim that in addition to helping reduce food waste, better refrigeration would help cut greenhouse gas emissions as well as the harmful gases used in refrigeration and air-conditioning systems.

ABC News has more:

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 Nations' 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.

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