WASTING FOOD WASTES EVERYTHING
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Staggering statistics and simple solutions:
Food waste costs Australia an estimated $20 billion a year. A massive five million tonnes of food ends up in landfill, with over half of this coming from our homes – this is more than the combined waste from farms, manufacturers, supermarkets and the hospitality industry.
With a national target to halve food waste by 2030 (in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals), change is required at all levels of society and it starts with changing our behaviour at home.
There is enough food produced in the world to feed everyone, yet a third of all food produced is lost or wasted. That’s around 1.3 billion tonnes of food costing the global economy nearly $1 trillion each year. At the same time, so many people are still going hungry with one in nine people not having enough food to eat. If a quarter of the food currently lost or wasted could be saved, it would be enough to feed the world’s hungry people.
Food left to rot in landfill releases powerful greenhouse gases contributing to climate change. According to the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) if food waste was a country, it would be the third biggest emitter of greenhouse gases after USA and China.
From forgetting about food in the fridge, buying and cooking too much, letting it expire and not storing it properly … there are so many reasons good food ends up in the bin.
Food plays an important role in all of our daily lives and we need to love it, value it and not let it go to waste. Getting into good food saving habits starts at home. To help you remember what to do, we’ve boiled it down to four key actions:
Be part of the solution by joining the movement at fightfoodwaste.org. Your wallet and the planet will thank you!