Topic 1.4: Consequences of food waste

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Environmental

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Food waste alone generates about 8% – 10% of global greenhouse gas emissions. In other words: food waste emits more greenhouse gases than each individual country in the world except China and the US. 

Land waste – 28% of the world’s agricultural land (which equals the area of ​​China, Mongolia and Kazakhstan) – the crops grown on such land are wasted.

Water waste – about 25% of drinking water resources are intended for the production of food that will never be eaten. This amount of water provides the water demand for all households in the world. If food waste were a country, it would be the third largest emitting country in the world.

Different food groups have different environmental impacts. For example, meat requires more resources to be produced and the emissions from livestock farming account for nearly 60% of all greenhouse gasses.

Food waste equals money waste. For example according to the statistical data each Polish family wastes more than 2000 PLN per year.

Increase consumption / shopping – increase in food prices.

The UN Sustainable Development Goal 12.3 aims to halve food waste in the EU by 2030. It could save 4.7 million hectares of agricultural land.

The further along the supply chain the Food Loss occurs, the more carbon intensive the loss and waste.

More about food supply chain