FOOD WASTE: WHY IS IT SUCH A HUGE PROBLEM?
Food waste is a major culprit in destroying our planet, and we hope that by helping to raise awareness of the issues it causes we can help in encouraging more people to care, and ultimately take action in the fight against food waste.
For the large part, we are going to let the facts and figures do the talking...
- One third of food produced globally goes to waste (ref Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations). The annual value of this is $1 trillion and weighs 1.3 billion tonnes.
- It takes a land area larger than China to grow this food that is never eaten. Alongside this, 25% of the world’s fresh water supply is used to grow food that is never eaten.
- All the world’s nearly one billion hungry people could be fed on less than a quarter of the food that is wasted in the US, UK and Europe.
- 2.3 billion people are joining the planet by 2050 – this will require a 60-70% increase in global food production. Or we can just stop throwing away our food!
- In the UK the average family throws away 22% of their weekly shop, which is worth £730 per year. In the US, the per-family equivalent is worth a staggering $2,275 each year! In most developed countries, over half of all food waste takes place in the home.
- Not only are all of the resources that went into creating the uneaten food wasted (land, water, labour, energy, manufacturing, packaging, etc), but when food waste goes to landfill, which is where the vast majority of it ends up, it decomposes without access to oxygen and creates methane, which is 23x more deadly than carbon dioxide.
- Reducing food waste is the #1 solution to the climate crisis, according to Project DrawDown – coming above electric cars, solar power and plant-based diets.
- If food waste were a country it would be the 3rd largest emitter of greenhouse gases (after China & the USA).
We think these statistics are not only shocking but very sad as well. We truly believe that everyone has a role to play in helping to drastically reduce the levels of food waste that we humans are responsible for. If like us you want to help, explore some of our other blog posts with suggestions and tips, or take a look at some of the links below.