Reduce food waste final (Facts (We are over 7 billion people on this…
Reduce food waste final
We are over 7 billion people on this planet, of which 925 million are starving. Yet we annually lose and waste 1,3 billion tons of food – or enough to feed 3 billion people.
1/3 of the food produced in the world for human consumption every year – approximately 1,3 billion tonnes – cost $1 trillion, and it gets lost or wasted.
Even if just one-fourth of the food currently lost or wasted globally could be saved, it would be enough to feed 870 million hungry people in the world.
Global quantitative food losses and waste per year are roughly 30% for cereals, 40-50% for root crops, fruits and vegetables, 20% for oil seeds, meat and dairy plus 35% for fish.
Food loss and waste also amount to a major squandering of resources, including water, land, energy, labour and capital and needlessly produce greenhouse gas emissions, contributing to global warming and climate change.
25% of the world’s fresh water supply is used to grow food that is never eaten.
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!
food wastage costs some $750 billion annually to food producers
All of us must make changes at every link of the human food chain to prevent food wastage from happening in the first place, and re-use or recycle it when we can’t. We simply cannot allow one-third of all the food we produce to go to waste or be lost because of inappropriate practices, when 870 million people go hungry every day.
cereal waste – particularly that of rice – is a big problem in Asia, with major impacts on carbon emissions and water and land use.
one in nine people in the world do not have access to sufficient food to lead a healthy life.
The carbon footprint of food produced and not eaten is estimated at 3.3 billion tons of greenhouse gases: making food wastage the third top GHG emitter after the U.S. and China.
Wastage of fertile land areas
the produced but unconsumed food accounts for approximately 1.4 billion hectares of land, constituting almost 1/3 of the planet’s agricultural land. By looking at this from a well thought analytical angle, the world is wasting 30 percent of the world’s fertile land which could be used for other meaningful purposes such as environmental research.
Waste energy and resources
Produces methane emissions from landfills and leaves carbon footprint.
buy and prepare food with a plan
Shop efficiently - don't overbuy
Store food properly
Embrace ugly food, don't be picky
Don't throw away your food if it is not expired yet