Food loss and food waste are worldwide problems
Currently, one-third of food produced for us is lost or wasted globally. That’s about 1.3 billion tons of food per year, and less than a quarter of it could feed hungry people in the whole world. (Source: Greatist)
- Food loss occurs when food is thrown out or when it decreases in quality during processing before reaching your supermarkets.
- Food waste occurs when food makes it to the end of the food supply chain but still doesn’t get eaten.
In the USA, organic waste is the second highest component of landfills, which are the largest source of methane emissions. Also, 30-40% of the food supply is wasted, equaling more than 20 pounds of food per person per month.
(Source: United States Committee for FAO)
In this Nutrily series of four articles, you will learn how to reduce food waste by planning your meals, storing food properly, understanding food labels, preparing food adequately, preserving surplus food, and discarding food correctly.