Business and household food waste

Written and accurate as at: 12 September 2019

Economically. One-third of all food produced is lost or wasted, costing the economy $940 billion (globally) and $20 billion (in Australia) each year. A household’s annual food waste bill is $1,645.64 on average.

Environmentally. In terms of climate change and greenhouse gas emissions, if global food waste were a country, it would be the third-largest emitter of greenhouse gases, behind China and the United States.

Socially. Enough food is produced in the world to feed everyone; but, 1 in 9 people don’t have enough food to eat. And, over 4 million Australians have experienced food insecurity in the last 12 months.

Given above, click here for some food waste reduction tips, which include buying less food more regularly, checking use by/best before dates in store, and storing food properly.

In this video, Dr. M. Sanjayan, a global conservation scientist, explores business and household food waste problems and solutions.