Food waste is an important issue, and tackling it has many social, environmental and economic benefits, including:
The scale of food waste, both globally and in Australia, is significant.
Food waste is particularly important for the food retail and hospitality sectors in Australia.
The above figures only include ‘avoidable’ food waste (ie. not the scraps, peels, bones and other inedible parts of food).
Food waste has substantial environmental impacts.
Even food that is composted or used for bio-energy still wastes most of the resources used to produce that food for human consumption.
The best way to manage food waste is to stop it happening in the first place.
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