Food Waste Facts
On this page you will be able to get familiar with some statistics and data about world food waste.
6. A 20% reduction in food waste would be enough to feed 25 million Americans.
10. European countries have three times more food than they actually need, while the US have four times more food.
11. 40 to 60% of all fish are discarded because of the wrong size, species or some other regulations.
12. Food waste has also other costs:
- The 40-50% of wasted food takes with itself 25 % of all fresh water use in the country.
- 4% of total US oil consumption
- it cost $750 million to dispose of the food
16. In developed countries food waste is created on 3 main levels: Manufacturers (20-25%), Distribution (15-20%) and Consumers (55-65%).
17. Every year the EU throws away 90 million tons of food. If put on trucks, it would span the equator.
18. The only products that have to display the ‘best before’ date, are the ones that have no assumed risk to health if consumed after the date expires.
19. There are laws that make producers throw out potatoes because they are too small, cucumbers too curvy and tomatoes that don’t have the right shade of red.
20. 1 of the 3 bites of food we eat, is thanks to the pollination of honey bee’s.
21. If you cut in half the percentage of food going into the landfill, you cut the methane gas emissions 7.5%, from depleting the ozone layer.
22. Retailers define the so called ‘quality’we live in, and we have to align ourselves accordingly. It is not based on nutritional value, just economic.
23. Most households throw away things theydon’t need anymore. And if they might need them later, they simply restock.
24. Food is not meant to look good, it’s meant to taste good!
Facts about the retail sector
1. Supermarkets are one of the biggest companies in the world. In fact Walmart is the biggest company in the world in terms of turnover. For the past couple of years Carrefour (a French giant) has been growing constantly.
2. Suprmarkets are the intermediarybetween manufucterers and consumers. It is them who are responsible for creating the supply to which the demand is adjusted.
4. Very few supermarkets talk about their food waste (e.g. Waitrose, UK). Sometimes they mention about organic waste in general talking about paper waste.
5. Supermarkets tend to lock their dumpsters so that people don’t see what is inside.6. Dumpster divers are people that go from one supermarket to another looking for free food in the garbage bins. They are part of thefreeganism movement. A lof of them say that they would never be able to afford such good quality food.
Facts about the gastronomy sector
1. An average restaurant in America disposes of about 50 tonnes of food waste each year, from which 76% is organic and can be recycled
2. The British restaurants dispose in total of 600,000 tonnes of food waste per year
3. An average restaurant in Britain disposes of about 22 tonnes of food waste per year, which means each time a person eats, itcreates 0.5 kg (1.2 lbs) of waste