Sadly, it is not an exaggeration to say that food waste is among the biggest problems facing humankind today. Here is why:
Food waste is really awful. It requires a land mass larger than China to increase the meals annually that’s never eaten — soil that’s been deforested, species which were pushed to extinction, native populations which were transferred, soil that’s been degraded — all to create food which we then throw away. In addition accounts for 25 percent of all water consumption. Gulp.
Not only are all the sources that went into producing the rice food wasted (soil, water, labor, energy, production, packaging, etc), however if food waste goes into landfill, which is the point where the huge majority of it ends up, it succeeds without accessibility to oxygen and generates methane, which can be 23x more deadly than carbon dioxide.
“As someone who works in waste removal, the amount of times I’m sending tonnes of food to a local landfill poses a major issue, both from an environmental and economical viewpoint. “
– Darryn, Greenline Enviromental
800 million people go to bed hungry every night. That’s 1 in 9 people. Every one of them and each could be fed on less than a quarter Europe and UK each year.
Since we’ve got a food distribution system, demand for food at the West can drive up the amount of food in addition to displace the growth of plants to feed native populations and drive degradation of natural habitats.
And, hunger isn’t merely a problem that’s happening’else’ — in the UK more than 1 million people accessed a food bank this past year, for example, whilst in food poverty 40 million Americans reside in the USA.
A chronic market failure
Between 33-50 percent of all food produced is not eaten, and this wasted food’s worth is worth. To put that in perspective, at the USA food waste represents 1.3 percent of the total GDP. Food waste is.
Some unexpected culprits…
It is simple for many people to dismiss meals waste as someone else’s problem (“I do not waste any foods”) or to concentrate solely on the more visibly shocking examples of waste (unharvested fields of produce ploughed back to the ground, supermarket skip waste).
However the truth is that in the’developed’ world, more than 50% of food waste takes place in our homes. By comparison, less than 2% of food waste takes place in the retail store level (though supermarket practices are directly responsible for much food waste elsewhere in the supply chain.)
22% of their weekly shop is thrown out by the average UK family, which can be worth GBP700 each year. In the united states, the per-family equivalent is well worth a 2,275 each year!
The bad thing is we are half of the problem. But the fantastic news is that This means that we could be of the solution!