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The amount of food we waste every year equals to 9 billion fish, 1 trillion bags of potatoes, 75 million cows, 574 billion eggs, 763 billion boxes of pasta, 3.7 trillion apples and enough olive oil to fill 11,000 Olympic size pools. The world needs to produce in the next 40 years the equivalent of all of the food produced in the last 10,000 years.
Agriculture is the world’s most globalized industry. A large share of food travels thousands of kilometers, is handled by hand, by complex machinery, treated with extreme care, packed, cleaned, shipped, displayed - and then? And then about 30% of this extremely complex product gets thrown away.
Almost a third of food produced worldwide is never eaten, leading to an estimated 1.3 billion tons of food waste each year. This includes around 45 percent of all fruit and vegetables and 20 percent of meat.
By calculations of the Natural Resources Defense Council, a family of four in the United States will throw away more than $2,000 worth of food a year. Every third apple, orange, walnut does not end up on our plate but in the garbage or in a landfill. Of this waste, over half (54 percent) is lost in upstream processes, including agricultural production and post-harvest handling. The other 46 percent is wasted in processing, distribution and consumption.
- FOOD WASTE: INTRO The world’s ‘dumbest problem’
- FOOD WASTE: AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTION Imagine a 100% harvest
- FOOD WASTE: POST-HARVEST Saving food after harvest: The buried treasure
- FOOD WASTE: RETAIL The Formula 1 of composting
- FOOD WASTE: CONSUMER The psychology of food waste