Food Waste Facts
Understanding our Drive through Food Waste Facts
There is no doubt that there has been more awareness in recent times about the menace called food waste. Over the years, we have seen more organisations emerge, more discussion, and more action on the issue. However, in a wide number of corners, there is hardly any deep understanding of the challenge that we face.
However, that should not be the case. This is because we all must understand where we are coming from. Even better, we must understand why it is important that we combat food waste as a nation. It is only through this that we can establish a movement that stands the test of time and delivers result.
At Food Savers, our commitment stems from the understanding of the following facts.
Around the World
Today, there is adequate food production within the world to ensure that we can feed everyone. This was recognised by the World Hunger and Poverty Facts and Statistics in 2016. Unfortunately, today, as we all know, not everyone around the world gets access to food. In fact, every one in nine people lack adequate food. This translates to around 820 million undernourished people worldwide according to the FAO statistics.
This is because the world continues to lose about 1.3 billion tons of its food products to wastage every year. This turns out to be one-third of the total food production. More alarming, this results in a $940 billion loss each year by the global economy. This got affirmed by the FAO Save Food Global Waste and Loss Initiative.
In turn, it becomes evident that we can avoid undernourishment by combatting food wastage. Precisely, by saving one-quarter of the present food lost, we can feed as much as 870 million people which will ensure that the whole world no longer remains undernourished according to the FAO.
Worse, this food waste contributes to environmental degradation. For instance, according to the FAO, food waste contributes as much as 8% of global greenhouse emissions. Precisely, food waste is the third-largest contributor to greenhouse gases following China and the USA if we are to consider them as a country.
From the preceding, by eliminating food waste, we not only feed those in need of food, but we also contribute to make our environment a better place. We only need to consider that one burger wasted is equivalent to wasting water that would allow you to shower for 90 minutes.
These facts all establish that actions are necessary if we must drive the world towards safety and zero hunger.
Australia is also no stranger to food waste. According to the government, this menace results in an economic loss of around $20 billion each year. This is thanks to the over 5 million tons of food that ends up in landfills. Yet, as much as four million people continue to suffer from food insecurity with one quarter of that population being children. There are also over seven hundred thousand people relying on food relief each month according to the FoodBank Hunger Report 2018.
In turn, all these facts point to one thing; combatting food waste is a fight we must take on and win.