Food Wastage Facts and Good Food Saving Tips

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Food wastage is a huge issue and we are passionate about making a difference, by providing products that enhance the choices families and individuals can make to waste less, be more environmentally conscious and to lead healthier lives.

Food wastage facts – world

  • There is enough food produced in the world to feed everyone.
  • One third of all food produced is lost or wasted – around 1.3 billion tonnes of food, which costs the global economy approximately $940 billion each year.
  • One in nine people do not have enough food to eat; this equates to 793 million people who are undernourished.
  • If one quarter of the food currently lost or wasted could be saved, it would be enough to feed 870 million hungry people.
  • Almost half of all fruit and vegetables produced are wasted.

Food wastage facts – Australia

  • The Government estimates food waste costs the Australian economy $20 billion each year.
  • Over 5 million tonnes of food ends up as landfill from households and the commercial sector.
  • One in five shopping bags end up in the bin = $1,050 worth of groceries for the average household each year.
  • 35% of the average household bin is food waste.
  • 3.6 million people experienced food insecurity in the last year.
  • The Australian Government has a target of food wastage reduction of 50% by 2030.

Top 5 wasted foods

  1. Bread
  2. Bagged Salad
  3. Potatoes
  4. Bananas
  5. Meat

How to reduce wastage

50% of food waste at home is avoidable. Good food saving practices can take you a long way. Here are a few to get you started:

  • Store with FreshPaper – bread, fresh produce & cheese (coming soon)
  • Freeze it
  • Make something delicious
  • Check dates
  • Eat it!

Wastage: Food, Money & Resources

Wasting food is a waste of everything. It’s not just a wasting money, it’s a huge waste of valuable resources. Next time you go to throw away food think about the water it took to produce it, the land, labour to grow it and the transportation and fuel to deliver it, plus the impact the waste is having on our environment.

Landfill Image - Food Wastage
Landfill: where almost all of our excess food ends up. Image via SBS

Food for thought!

 

Statistics sourced from Ozharvest

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