As the words imply, food waste and loss describe food that is uneaten, lost, or discarded.
A 100 million tons of food are thrown away every year in Europe and if nothing is done, this figure, according to the European Union and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), could increase to 120 million tons by 2020.
Additionally, according to findings of the EU Commission, households, supermarkets, restaurants, and the rest of the food supply chain are currently wasting up to 50% of edible food. The level of food loss and waste in developed countries is just as high as in developing countries. The difference however, is in their distribution. In developing countries, over 40% of food loss and waste occurs after harvest and during processing. In developed countries, it occurs at the retail and consumer level, reaching the same amount, of 40%.
However, regardless of the staggering numbers above, there are practical, easy steps you can take to reduce food waste in your home, as seen below:
The tips mentioned above are good ways to start for individuals and families who are interested in joining the fight against food waste.
Do you know other ways to reduce food waste? Feel free to share them with us.