Get informed

Are you aware of the impact of your wasted food? That banana might have cost you very little, but did you think about the greenhouse gas emissions from transporting it to your local supermarket? Or what about the water that was used for it to grow? 

Read here about food waste information and facts to get informed about the global food waste problem. After you get informed, don't forget to put your brown bananas in the freezer so you can make banana bread next week!

Food for thought:

  • 10% of rich countries' greenhouse gas emissions come from growing food that is never eaten.
  • The irrigation water used globally to grow food that is wasted would be enough for the domestic needs (at 200 litres per person per day) of 9 billion people - the number expected on the planet by 2050.
  • If we planted trees on land currently used to grow unnecessary surplus and wasted food, this would offset a theoretical maximum of 100% of greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuel combustion.
  • All the world's nearly one billion hungry people could be lifted out of malnourishment on less than a quarter of the food that is wasted in the US, UK and Europe.

Source: Uncovering the Global Food Scandal (Penguin, 2009)