One of the primary focuses of this years Zero Waste Week is food waste, so here at Recipro we thought we would bring you some very interesting food waste facts to chew over.
- The average household disposes of approximately £480 worth of food each year
- UK households dispose of a huge 7.2 million tonnes of food every year
- That’s 50% of all food waste in the UK
- More than half of food and drink disposed could have been consumed
- The waste of good food accounts for 4% of the UK’s water footprint
- The foods we are guilty of wasting the most of include salads, fruits, vegetables, drink and baked goods
- One Third of food produced in the world for human consumption is wasted
- That’s a staggering 1.3 billion tonnes
- Less than a quarter of the food that is wasted in the US, UK and Europe, would lift the worlds 1 billion ‘hungry’ out of malnutrition
- The irrigation water used globally to grow food that is wasted is enough to satisfy the domestic needs of 9 billion people (the estimated global population of 2050)
Later we will be looking at some of the schemes and strategies involved in tackling the problem of food waste so be sure to check back here .
Recipro sourced this article from Love Food Hate Waste.