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A Third of the Worlds Food Ends up as Waste

February 27, 2015

The Waste Resources Action Programme (WRAP) have called on world leaders to do more to prevent a third of global food production going to waste, costing an estimated £259 billion a year.

In a new report, the governments’ waste advisors warn that the figure is likely to increase considerably over the next fifteen years. In the UK, recent data shows that seven million tonnes of food went to waste in 2012 giving rise to 17 million tonnes of CO2 emissions.

The report says that simple changes such as lowering the average temperature of refrigerators and designing better packaging could have a significant impact on the problem. It’s estimated that a 25% saving in waste food in developing countries could be made simply by providing better refrigeration equipment.

Richard Swannell director of sustainable food systems at WRAP said; “Food waste is a global issue, and tackling it is a priority. This report emphasises the benefits that can be obtained for businesses, consumers and the environment. Difficulty is often in knowing where to start and how to make the biggest economic and environmental savings.”

Most food waste ends up in landfill where it decomposes producing an estimated seven percent of global total CO2 emissions. 

You can view a copy of ‘Strategies to achieve economic and environmental gains by reducing food waste’ HERE