Food waste harms environment and society
Food waste creates green-house gas emissions and is a waste of natural resources used in food production.
Food waste in numbers
Consumers have contributed to the rising amount of food waste by misinterpreting expiry labels, discarding ugly food at the grocery store & bulk food purchases.
This translates to 1.3 Billion tonnes of food waste-In a world where millions are suffering from food insecurity.
Causes of food waste
Farmers produce excess food
out of anticipation of poor weather
or otheradverse conditions.
Fresh produce, meat and fish
spoil rapidly due to the lack of
proper transportation and packaging.
quantities ofproducts that reach
their sell-by date before being sold.
Households buy more
food than needed.
Food products require processing, packaging, transportation and distribution to retail outlets. Inefficiencies along these value chains contribute to food waste.
Consequences of food waste
The FAO warned that 1.3 billion tonnes of food is wasted annually, thereby causing landfills, food shortages and a loss of resources used in food production.
Food waste triggers global GHG-emissions that ranks 3rd behind the USA and China.
Food waste not only creates green-house gas emissions, but results in the waste of natural resources used in food production.
Food waste presents a global economic loss across the value chain. The environmental pollution from food waste exerts a health and financial cost to humans.
Food waste results in reduced profits for farmers, loss of natural resources, less money for individuals & families- all of which amount to billions of dollars.