The world is producing more food and making a greater profit than at any time in history. Yet, we are wasting more food than ever before.
With Christmas and the inevitable gastronomic feast looming food waste is an important issue consumers need to be aware of.
The USA wastes $218bn worth of food each year.
Over the Christmas period it is predicted that Brits will waste:
- 1.5 million bottles of Prosecco
- 2 million turkeys
- 5 million Christmas puddings
- 74 million mince pies
The implications for the planet, for humans and for animals is shocking. In this piece we take a look at some of the statistics that are a stark reminder as to the seriousness of the problem.
There are lots of things you can do to help cut food waste this Christmas, so we’ve also included some tips to help you get started.
At a time when the global economy is producing more food and making a greater profit than at any time in history, one could be forgiven for thinking that the issue of feeding the global population is yesterday’s news. However, both in the UK and across the world, we are wasting more food than ever before.
This has a huge financial cost and an even greater implication for humans, animals and the planet itself.
- The UK wastes the equivalent of 1.3 billion meals every year
- YET, 590,000 people in the UK used food banks in 2016/17
- £10 billion worth of food thrown away by households each year
- BUT, 60% of people believe they never waste food
A little goes a long way when it comes to cutting down on food waste. In This infographic we take a closer look at some of the shocking statistics around food wastage. A stark reminder of the cost to our pockets, our population and our planet.