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Environmental protection: More than 70 countries are committed to reducing food waste


People buy food at markets in Moscow, Russia. Photo: VNA

Poor refrigeration is the cause of 9% removal of perishable food in developed countries and about 23% in developing countries where millions of people are suffering from malnutrition.

Countries signed pledges at an annual meeting of the Montreal Protocol at the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization's headquarters in Rome (Italy) on November 9. This is an opportunity for ministers, government officials and experts to discuss the management of artificial chemicals harmful to the ozone layer used in refrigerators and air conditioning systems.

About 1/3 of the world's food is thrown away or wasted. The world hopes to develop better ways to keep food cold during storage and transport to minimize waste. Experts say that using a better cooling system will also help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and the environmentally hazardous gases used in refrigerators and air conditioning systems.

The United States, China, the European Union (EU) and many countries in the Americas, Africa and Asia have signed this commitment.


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