Did you know, if food waste were a country, it would be the 3rd largest emitter of greenhouse gases (after China & the USA)?

We waste about a third of all food  produced for human consumption. Food which uses a lot of water, land and resources to produce.

When food rots down in landfill it produces methane. Methane is a greenhouse gas even more potent than CO2, and a huge contributor to global warming.

How we produce and consume food is one of the biggest threats to our planet today – both in terms of global warming and resource scarcity. Because one third of food is wasted, one third of this damage is done without reason.

If we shopped, cooked and ate smarter we could avoid wasting food at home. With actions along supply chains, like increasing efficiency or improving storage,  mean we had more than enough food to feed a growing population.

Why should we care?

1 in 9 people on the planet are starving or malnourished. They could be sufficiently fed on less than a quarter of the food that is wasted in the UK, Europe and USA each year.

Food waste is a huge waste of resources and money. It also costs the planet, contributing 8–10% of total man-made greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

Facts and figures

33-50% of all food produced globally is never eaten

The value of this wasted food is worth over $1 trillion. In the USA food waste represents 1.3% of the total GDP

More than 50% of food waste takes place in our homes. The average UK family throws away 22% of their weekly shop, which is worth £730 per year

An area larger than China is used to grow food that is never eaten

100 million pints of milk  are tipped down the drain each year in the UK

50 million chickens  are wasted in the UK each year