Costing the Earth
There is enough food produced in the world to feed everyone, yet a third of all food produced is lost or wasted. That’s around 1.3 billion tonnes of food costing the global economy nearly $1 trillion each year. At the same time, so many people are still going hungry with one in nine people not having enough food to eat. If a quarter of the food currently lost or wasted could be saved, it would be enough to feed the world’s hungry people.
Food left to rot in landfill releases powerful greenhouse gases contributing to climate change. According to the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) if food waste was a country, it would be the third biggest emitter of greenhouse gases after USA and China.
With another two billion people expected to join the planet by 2050, the global challenge is to create a sustainable food culture that can be shared by all. The solution to food waste is simple – stop throwing it away!