When you were little, you were probably told countless times to finish the food on your plate because there were starving children who didn't have anything to eat. Sadly, we've managed to create an entire chain of consumption that not only doesn't finish the food on its plate but throws out the food before it gets there. What can we do about food waste?
40% of all food produced never gets eaten
In the USA, there are 50 million people who struggle to put food on the table. What's appalling about this statistic is that more than enough food is produced to make sure none of those people go hungry. However, almost half of the perfectly edible food produced gets thrown into landfill.
We throw away 15-25% of the food we buy
Essentially, we go to the supermarket, buy 4 bags of food and then chuck one out on our way home. This is not only obscenely wasteful, but expensive - to the tune of thousands of dollars per family per year.
Food in landfill produces greenhouse gases
All that perfectly good food chucked into landfill rots without air meaning it releases methane. Globally, if food waste were represented as its own country, it would come just behind the USA and China as the third largest greenhouse gas emitter.