Food waste and hunger facts15 Mar 2017
Here are some stats and figures from around the world and the UK that demonstrate the challenge we face.
- There is enough food produced in the world to feed everyone.
- One third of all food produced is lost or wasted–around 1.3 billion tonnes of food–costing the global economy close to $940 billion each year.
- One in nine people do not have enough food to eat, that’s 793 million people who are undernourished.
- If one quarter of the food currently lost or wasted could be saved, it would be enough to feed 870 million hungry people.
- Almost half of all fruit and vegetables produced are wasted.
- 8% of greenhouse gases heating the planet are caused by food waste.
- If food waste was a country, it would be the third biggest emitter of greenhouse gases after USA and China.
- Eliminating global food waste would save 4.4 million tonnes of C02 a year, the equivalent of taking one in four cars off the road.
- An estimated 20 to 40% of UK fruit and vegetables rejected even before they reach the shops – mostly because they do not match the supermarkets’ excessively strict cosmetic standards.
- The average UK family is wasting nearly £60 a month by throwing away almost an entire meal a day.
- The overall cost to the UK of food waste each year is £17 billion, of which £12.5 billion is the cost to households.
- Annual food waste arising within UK households, hospitality and food service, food manufacture, retail and wholesale sectors at around 10 million tonnes, 60% of which could have been avoided.
- WRAP estimates that 8.3 million tones of food waste comes from consumers, 1.6 million tones from retailers, 4.1 million tones from food manufacturers, 3 million tones from restaurants, and 3 million tones from other groups.
- An estimated 8.4 million people, the equivalent of entire population of London, were living in households reporting having insufficient food in the UK in 2014.
- 6% of people aged 15 or over in the UK reported struggling to get enough food to eat and a further 4.5% reported that, at least once, they went a full day without anything to eat.
Reposted from UK Harvest, read the original here.