The Western world wastes three times the amount of food needed to feed the planet’s hungriest people.
From our farms to our supermarkets, tonnes of perfectly edible food ends up in landfill, while statistics suggest that the average family in the UK throws away £700 worth of food a year – that’s £12 billion nationwide.
Not only is this a waste of good food, it’s also a waste of the resources that were used to produce it – from the water, heat and fertilisers used in the growing process to the energy consumed during its transportation. When you consider that the equivalent of 86 million chickens alone are thrown away every year in the UK*, the story becomes even more shocking.
We believe that minimising food waste is vital to maintaining a responsible and sustainable food system. Reducing waste allows for better distribution of nutritious food to those that need it and eases the enormous strain on the planet’s resources.
We’re taking steps to do this by educating people on the value of food, where it comes from and the amount of resources needed to produce it. There’s so much that can be done to make things better and it’s a job not only for the food industry; everyone can play a part.
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