If food loss and waste was a country, it would be the third largest emitter of greenhouse gases. Failing to tackle our wastage makes it extremely difficult to keep climate change from causing catastrophic impacts.
It also means much forest destruction, water diversion from rivers, soil degradation and biodiversity loss occur, all for nothing. And it costs the global economy $940 billion per year – an astonishing cost to all citizens and lost income for farmers.
Meanwhile, everyone currently suffering from hunger could be properly fed on less than a quarter of the food wasted in Europe and the US.
We must change direction for the sake of people and nature − making food loss and waste socially and politically unacceptable, and ensuring all those involved in food production transform their working practices.
We want to halve the amount thrown away by consumers and retailers, while reducing losses after harvest and on the farm.
We’re tackling this challenge on two fronts. On the consumption side, we’re working with businesses that make, sell and serve food to understand why food gets wasted, and what can be done about it. And we’re running awareness campaigns to make consumers better informed about food waste.
Equally, we’re looking at ways to reduce the amount of food that gets lost along supply chains, particularly in Africa and Asia.