We are 7 billion people on this planet, of which 925 million are starving. Yet we annually waste 1.3 billion tons of food - enough to feed 3 billion people.
Food is lost or wasted throughout the supply chain, from initial agricultural production down to final household consumption. 2 billion tons of food are wasted each year due to poor storage and inadequate infrastructure that leads to food spoilages, extremely inefficient agricultural practices, or the practice of discarding good-to-eat food that do not appeal consumers and food businesses. The exact causes of food losses vary throughout the world and are very much dependent on the specific conditions and local situation in a given country.
Food waste in industrialized countries can be reduced by raising awareness among food industries, retailers and consumers.
Why do we waste food?
The main reasons for food being thrown away and their annual amounts graphically.
Reasons are different for different types of food.
Out of date 29%
Looked bad 21%
Went mouldy 20%
FRESH MEAT AND FISH
Out of date 35%
Left over 26%
Looked bad 25%
Left over 50%
Out of date 48%