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These are 10 interesting facts from UK and international countries about food waste, if you know more shocking truths about this topic, be sure to drop it in the comment section below:

  • Almost 50% of the total amount of food thrown away in the UK comes from our homes. We throw away 7 million tonnes of food and drink from our homes every year in the UK, and more than half of this is food and drink we could have eaten.
'Binned Food' courtesy of the food waste gallery

‘Binned Food’ courtesy of the food waste gallery

  • The foods we waste the most are fresh vegetables and salad, drink, fresh fruit, and bakery items such as bread and cakes.
  • Wasting this food costs the average household £470 a year, rising to £700 for a family with children, the equivalent of around £60 a month.
  • In the UK every 1 tonne of food waste thrown away needlessly is responsible for 4.5 tonnes of CO2 emissions, these emissions are known to be leading causes of global warming.

    50% of the food we waste at home, could have been eaten. Photo courtesy of professionaladvisor.com

    50% of the food we waste at home, could have been eaten. Photo courtesy of professionaladvisor.com

  • 1/3 of all food in the world is wasted. This 1.3 billion tons of food would be enough to feed 4 times all the hungry in the world.
  • 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.

    Perfectly edible food wasted in a bin, near a Canterbury house. Photo by Megan Neveling

    Perfectly edible food wasted in a bin, near a Canterbury house. Photo by Megan Neveling

  • The bread and other cereal products thrown away in UK households alone would have been enough to lift 30 million of the world’s hungry people out of malnourishment.
  • The UK, US and Europe have nearly twice as much food as is required by the nutritional needs of their populations.
  • here are two main reasons why we throw away good food: we cook or prepare too much or we don’t use it in time.
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