Global food waste per year is 1.3 billion tons, which is almost one-third of the total food produced to be consumed by humans. Tremendous economic loss and global warming are also interconnected to food waste. Apart from this, millions of people are starving to death because of the unavailability of food whereas, many developed countries are wasting several tons of food. The annual food waste costs approximately $990 billion, which is more than enough to feed every undernourished and hungry human on this planet.
As we know, landfills are the most common cause of human-related methane that contributes to global warming. But do you know that the majority of the landfill is formed due to food waste. People usually don't discriminate between food loss and food waste. Let us make it easier for you,
- Food loss – The food which is lost while production, processing or storing.
- Food waste – Food that is perfectly edible but still discarded and thrown away.
Our planet is divided into several different habitable lands, and every living being there requires proper nourishment for healthier growth and development. Ever wonder what the main causes of food waste are? Different waste percentages from households, restaurants/hotels, institutions, manufacturing, production, retail, and processing collectively create massive landfills.
The food waste has also destroyed marine life. Our planet is about 70% water, but only 3% out of 70% is freshwater. This shows the immeasurably harmful impacts of food waste. However, we, the responsible adults, can make a difference by giving our best in reducing food waste.
Infographic by: Energyminute.ca