Did you know at least one third of all food produced worldwide is either lost or wasted each year?
That is over 1.3 billion tonnes of food – worth around US$1 trillion. It could feed the estimated 870 million people who are going hungryeach day.
Instead, edible food is squandered. Families throw away food because they’ve prepared meals that are too big. Retailers discard food because it doesn’t meet aesthetic standards.
Per person, food waste by consumers is between 95 and 115 kgs per year in Europe, North America and Oceania, while consumers in sub-Saharan Africa, south and south-eastern Asia each throw away 6 to 11 kg of food a year.
Apart from the economic cost, every catch of fish, basket of fruit or loaf of bread thrown away is a loss of soils, energy, water, fertilizer and labour for food that is never eaten – let alone the loss of forests and biodiversity cleared to make way for farmland. Say NO to FOOD WASTE TODAY…