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Global Food Waste: The Numbers Behind The Problem

GLOBAL O FOOD WASTE THE NUMBERS BEHIND THE PROBLEM If the amount of food wasted around the Each year 1.3bn tonnes iSt world were reduced by just 25% there would be enough food to feed all the people who are malnourished, according to the UN. of food, about a third of all that is produced, is wasted. MASTED 45% of all fruit and vegetables, 35% of fish and seafood, 30% of cereals, 20% of dairy products and 45% 20% of meat is wasted. 35% 30% 20% 20% 40% 30% 16% 5% In developed countries, consumers and retailers throw away between 30% and 40% of all food purchased in poorer countries, only 5% to 16% of food is thrown away 95-115kg 6-11kg In Europe and North America, each person wastes 95-115kg of otherwise edible food annually, whereas in sub-Saharan Africa, South America and south-east Asia, the equivalent waste is just 6-11kg. Industrialised countries throw away 222million tonnes of food a year, which is slightly less than what the entire sub-Saharan Africa region produces over the same timeframe (230 million tonnes) 230 million 222 million 田田 田 CO2 The environmental impact of food loss and waste is high The carbon footprint of food produced but not eaten is estimated to be 3.3 gigatonnes of CO2 per year If food waste were a country, it would rank as the third highest national emitter of greenhouse gases after USA and China Roughly 1.4 billion hectares (around 30%) of the available agricultural land worldwide is used to produce food that is essentially wasted. 39% of all food is wasted in USA, Canada, Australia and NZ Europe less so, at 31% UK wastage 15 million tonnes of food lost/wasted per year 4.3 million tonnes of edible food thrown away per year 11.7% 11.7% of all food purchased is wasted avoidably UK food wastage costs families £700/year or £60/month 22.4% Most wasted food (by weight) = bread (22.4% of all bread is thrown away) 24m slices of bread currently thrown away every day by UK households! 38% 13% Most wasted food (by percentage) = lettuce and leafy salads Most wasted meat (by weight and percentage) = poultry Most wasted fruit (by 25% percentage) = melon In the 5 years leading up to 2012, UK avoidable household food waste decreased 21% (5.3 million tonnes to 4.2 million tonnes) Of the food that is not eaten, less is ending up in landfill. In 2001, 14% of household waste was composted or recycled, in 2012, that rose to 43%. 14% 43% For every 2 tonnes of food consumed in the UK, 1 tonne goes to waste somewhere along the chain (production, retail or manufacturing). 97% Over 97% of food waste 33 million tonnes of food makes generated ends up in the landfill. (Environmental Protection Agency) its way to landfills each year. (Environmental Protection Agency) Every tonne of food wasted results in 3.8 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions.(Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP)) Food waste that goes to the landfill breaks down anaerobically and produces methane; methane is 21 times more potent than CO2 as a greenhouse gas. (Environmental Protection Agency) 5 solutions to reducing waste food at landfill: Use composters Use food de-watering systems Turn waste food to biomass Use waste oil as a form of energy Use a food waste disposer http://www.fao.org/docrep/014/mb060e/mb060e.pdf http://www.fao.org/fileadmin/user_upload/esag/docs/AT2050_revision_summary.pdf http://www.fao.org/docrep/014/mb060e/mb060e00.htm http://www.fao.org/docrep/018/i3347e/i3347e.pdf http://www.wrap.org.uk/sites/files/wrap/UK%20Estimates%20February%2015%20%28FINAL%29.pdf http://www.wrap.org.uk/food-waste-reduction sink www.insinkerator.co.uk EELL| |

Global Food Waste: The Numbers Behind The Problem

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If the amount of food wasted around the world were reduced by just 25%, enough food would be saved to eradicate world hunger. That fact shocked us into creating the infographic on global food waste.

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