Australia’s throw away up to 20% of the food they purchase (that’s 1 out of every 5 bags of groceries!). This adds up to $8 billion worth of edible food being wasted each year.
An estimated 20-40% of fruit & vegies are rejected even before they reach the shops (for not being pretty enough).
Food waste that ends up in landfill gives off a greenhouse gas called methane (which is 25 times more potent than the exhaust from your car).
Collectively, food loss and waste is responsible for a third of all food we produce never being eaten! That effectively means that a third of all farms and farmers across the world used precious resources such as water, nutrients and energy, for nothing. Harsh words, but it’s hard to argue with the facts. Once food ends up at the dump, it also releases methane, which is even worse for climate change than carbon dioxide.
Plus, your parents really were right when she said “think of all the hungry people out there” when you pushed your dinner around on your plate (although now we know they probs should have served you less). All in all, a pretty crappy situation.
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