The Big Food Wasters
- 40% of all food produced in the world in the USA is wasted.
Methane is 25 times more potent a greenhouse gas than CO2
- 30,8% of all food purchased in the UK is thrown away.
8,3 million tonnes of food is wasted by UK households every year
- The food waste has significantly increased in the USA since 1974
1974 - 900 calories a day per person
today - 1,400 calories a day per person
That's 150,000,000,000,000 calories being wasted each year
2 billion people could be fed for a year with the amount the USA alone throws away each year
Food waste in the USA accounts for...
1/4 of all freshwater
The consumption of 300 million barrels of oil a year
It is estimated that food wasted by the USA and Europe could feed the world 3 times over!
- What get's wasted in the USA?
31% - paper
13,2% - yard trimmings
12,7% - food scraps
11% - plastics
8,4% - metals
7,9% - rubber and textiles
6,6% - wood
4,9% - glass
3,3% - other
- Who wastes it?
20% - production
20% - distribution
60% - consumers
How much is food waste costing the UK?
The UK pays for but does not eat up €11,4 billion of good food each year
That is twice the amount the UK government spends on foreign economic aid
70 kg - the amount each person throws away each year, €466 - how much it costs each household per year
What does the UK waste?
- Grapes - 4,8 billion
- Meat meals - 120 million
- Potatoes - 1,9 billion
- Sausages - 440 million
- Yoghurts - 484 million
- Apples - 2,6 billion
- Tomatoes - 1 billion
- Bread rolls - 775 million
- Bacon rashers - 200 million
- Chocolates and sweets - 259 million
- Slices of bread - 2,6 billion
1,2 million tonnes of food is thrown away in its packaging.
Whole and unopened fruit - €570 million a year. Whole and unopened veg €277 million a year. Unopened bakery goods €333 million a year
The environmental impact of wasting food
If we stop wasting food, the CO2 impact would be the equivalent of taking 1 in 4 cars off the road. That'll save 15 million tonnes of CO2 equivalent in the UK.
20% of the UK's greenhouse gases are associated with food production, distribution and storage
NGF - next generation food
SOURCES: PLOSONE, NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF DIABETES, DIGESTIVE AND KIDNEY DISEASES, LOVEFOODHATEWASTE.COM