Food Waste facts

source:  Food Tank (

Here are 10 facts you might not know about food waste:

1. 1.3 billion tons of food are wasted every year
2. This amounts to US$1 trillion dollars of wasted or lost food
3. If wasted food was a country, it would be the third largest producer of carbon dioxide in the world, after the United States and China
4. Just one quarter of all wasted food could feed the 795 million undernourished people around the world who suffer from hunger
5. Food waste in rich countries (222 million tons) is approximately equivalent to all of the food produced in Sub-Saharan Africa (230 million tons)
6. A European or North American consumer wastes almost 100 kilograms of food annually, which is more than his or her weight (70 kilograms)
7. A European or North American consumer wastes 15 times more food than a typical African consumer
8. Lack of technology and infrastructure is the main cause of food waste in Africa, as opposed to household food waste in the developed world
9. Food waste in Europe alone could feed 200 million hungry people
10. Food waste generates 3.3 billions tons of carbon dioxide, which accelerates global climate change