Global food waste numbers are huge and we definitely need to look at how big this and start contributing to food waste management.
Let’s see the top 15 facts about food waste:
- First and the most important fact is more than one-third of the food produced for human consumption globally goes to waste.
- Annually total wasted food weighs a whopping 1.3 billion tonnes.
- The total value of wasted food accounts for $1 Trillion.
- Sadly fruits and vegetables contribute the most to the waste when compared to cooked and canned foods.
- According to a survey we could feed nearly $1bn people if we could collect a quarter of wasted food from the United States, United Kingdom, and Europe.
- Industrialized countries contribute $680 billion whereas developing countries contribute $310 billion in food waste and loss.
- More than 25% of freshwater supply is used to cultivate food which is never eaten.
- In most developed countries like US, UK more than half of the food waste happens at home.
- Home food waste contributes to 800 pounds per year for the average UK family. The number will increase in upper-middle-class and rich families. As a country, this adds up to £15 billion per year.
- A territory bigger than China is used to cultivate food, that is never eaten.
- Developing countries contribute 40% of loss at post-harvest and processing levels and Industrialized countries more than 40% of losses with retail and consumer levels.
- On a global scale 30% of cereals, 40% to 50% of root crops, 35% of meat/fish are wasted. Per capita food losses and waste, at consumption and pre-consumptions stages,
in different regions
- Consumers in rich countries contribute to 222 million tonnes of wasted food, which is the entire food production around south Saharan Africa.
- Food also contributes to the waste of water, labor, land energy, capital, green energy emission, and global warming.
- If the total food waste happens in a country it will be the third-largest emitter of greenhouse gases after US and China.
Although it is tough to bring down the numbers in a single year, we need to start from kids, educate them about food waste and develop a generation that is conscious about food waste and its bad effects.
This will pass on to the coming generations and we could see a change.
By 2050 the earth’s population will be 2.3 billion. We either need a 60% to 70% rise in food production or bring down food waste.