For this project we are working on a societal challenge, namely food, water and energy supply narrowed down to daily life. It sounds a bit boring, but when looking into it, it is pretty interesting if you ask me. Especially because it is an often discussed topic nowadays and I think there comes a lot more to it than most people know.
While I was doing research, I find out that the waste of food and water is an important issue today. When I was looking into this subject, I came across some striking facts I bet a lot of people are not even aware of (I wasn’t even aware myself) and after reading it I was quite shocked because of the high amount of numbers.
For example did you know that one third of the globally production of food is thrown away? This is 7.2 million tons of food and drinks from our homes every year! And this is not even the total sum. In the entire food supply chain around 1.3 billion tons of food is lost or wasted. A lot of this food could still have been used.
Did you know that…
…More than 50% of the food you are throwing away, still could have been eaten.
…Wasting food costs the average household around 600 euros a year, rising to around 850 euros a year for a family with children. This means 62,40 euros a month.
…We are throwing away more food from our homes than the food that is packaged in the UK every day.
…If we all stop wasting food that could have been eaten, the benefit to the planet would be equivalent to taking one in five cars of the road.
Quite some confrontational facts, don’t you think?
We are all wasting food and water, but few of us recognize it and even few will admit it. So remember.. think of all these facts when you are throwing away food. Think about all the money it will save you and the effects it has on the environment.