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How can I stop food waste? | Stop Food Waste. Reducing Wasted Food Basics | Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. Most people don't realize how much food they throw away every day — from uneaten leftovers to spoiled produce. About 95 percent of the food we throw away ends up in landfills or combustion facilities. In 2013, we disposed more than 35 million tons of food waste. Once in landfills, food breaks down to produce methane, a potent greenhouse gas which contributes to climate change.

Benefits of Reducing Wasted Food Saves money from buying less food. Ways to Reduce Wasted Food Shop your refrigerator first! Top tips to avoid food waste - Love Food Hate Waste. The State of Waste – Australian Food Wastage Stats. Do Something about Food Waste Statistics: Australians discard up to 20% of the food they purchase This equates to 1 out of every 5 bags of groceries they buy Up to 40% of the average household garbage bin is food For the average Australian household $1,036 of food is thrown away each year What could this be spent on: Enough to feed the average household for over a month Paying off six months of your electricity bill Aussies throw out $8 billion of edible food every year Australia wastes 4 million tonnes of food each year This equates to 523kg per household, which is the same weight as just over 5 average size fridges!

Out of the $8 billion what do we waste every year? $2.67 billion of fresh food = 33% $2.18 billion of leftovers = 27% $1.17 billion of packaged and long-life products = 15% $727 million of drinks = 9% $727 million of frozen food = 9% $566 million of takeaways = 7% Why is it wasted? The hidden impact? The 15 most wasted foods in the country - and how to avoid wasting them! Waste | Cool Australia. To reduce greenhouse gases we need to create less waste to send to landfill When we dump rubbish in landfill polluting greenhouse gases (methane) are released when food and green waste rots under mountains of other rubbish. This puts more energy into our atmosphere and is starting to affect our climate. For every wheelie bin we fill at school and home there are another 70 wheelie bins full of waste upstream that we never even see. But it seems everyone is slow to change the way we look at waste reduction. Why is this? The less we do now the more we will need to do when you are adults.

Where does waste come from? Waste comes from most things we do. What forms of waste produce less pollution? The closer we can copy nature with the products we make the less waste we create. How can we tell which products are helpful and create less waste? As you explore ways of reducing waste, you will have trouble working out if the products are any good. We just need to be less wasteful. What might we do?

Effects of food waste - DOWN TO EARTH. World Environment Day - Food Waste Facts. The impact of food waste is not just financial. Environmentally, food waste leads to wasteful use of chemicals such as fertilizers and pesticides; more fuel used for transportation; and more rotting food, creating more methane – one of the most harmful greenhouse gases that contributes to climate change. Methane is 23 times more potent than CO2 as a greenhouse gas. The vast amount of food going to landfills makes a significant contribution to global warming. Roughly one third of the food produced in the world for human consumption every year — approximately 1.3 billion tonnes — gets lost or wasted.

Every year, consumers in rich countries waste almost as much food (222 million tonnes) as the entire net food production of sub-Saharan Africa (230 million tonnes). The amount of food lost or wasted every year is equivalent to more than half of the world's annual cereals crop (2.3 billion tonnes in 2009/2010). Facts. Bread | FOODWISE. Bread is one of Australia’s most wasted kitchen foods. As the basis of many day-to-day meals and with a limited used-by date, it’s easy to see why. A little knowledge and determination to avoid waste is all you need to help reduce how much bread you throw out in your household: Store | Bread is best stored at room temperature in a cool spot on your benchtop.

Bread stored in the fridge is likely to stale it faster than other methods, so if you’re not able to finish your bread or want to keep it for later, the freezer is a great option. Cook | Fun Fact | In ancient Egypt, bread was used as a form of currency used interchangeably with money. Recipe Ideas | Have a look at the following recipes to get some great ideas on how to best use bread in your cooking: 17 countries that waste most food. Last updated on: October 20, 2011 09:32 IST While millions are struggling to put two meals on the table and thousands are starving in Africa and in some Indian states, there are people, primarily in the developed world, who continue to waste tonnes of food every day. So, on the one hand, there are children who are dying because they do not have anything to eat, while, on the other hand, there are people who have so much that they simply throw away a good part of it.

Let us have a look at how much food is wasted in 17 countries, based on OECD Environmental Data Compendium. Click NEXT to read more... Image: Waste generation is becoming a big problem. 1. Food wasted by Americans: 760 kilogrammes per person per year. Click NEXT to read more... Image: A view of New York City. 2. Food wasted by Australians: 690 kilogrammes per person per year. Image: A view of Perth. 3. Food wasted by Danes: 660 kilogrammes per person per year. Image: Denmark's capital, Copenhagen. 4. Image: A view of Geneva. 5. 6. 7. 8. Food Waste Fast Facts | FOODWISE. The following data was used by Do Something! To calculate the new national food waste figure of $8 billion: To better understand community knowledge, attitudes and behaviours about household food waste, 1,200 NSW households were surveyed as part of the ‘Food Waste Avoidance Benchmark Study’.

This NSW Government study was the most comprehensive analysis of community knowledge, attitudes and behaviours yet conducted in Australia about food waste. As a result of this study, NSW Government stats from ‘Love Food Hate Waste’ estimate that the average NSW household throws out $1,036 of food every year. Do Something! In NSW, food waste also makes up to 38% of the total rubbish in household garbage bins. Given the national consistency that we found on food waste levels across Australia, we arrived at the $8 billion figure by extrapolation. 7,760,320 populated households multiplied by $1,036 is $8.04 billion. Food-Waste-Infographic-537x345.png (PNG Image, 537 × 345 pixels) Food Waste: The Facts - World Food Day. When we scrape off our dishes after a large meal, too full to finish the remaining scraps on our plate, we rarely pause and think about the significance of our action.

It seems routine to us: if we have leftover food scraps that are unfit for eating, shouldn’t they be thrown in the garbage? Our routine practices, unfortunately, make it difficult for us to conceptualize the magnitude of global food waste. The problem is bigger than we think. According to a recent report by UNEP and the World Resources Institute (WRI), about one-third of all food produced worldwide, worth around US$1 trillion, gets lost or wasted in food production and consumption systems. When this figure is converted to calories, this means that about 1 in 4 calories intended for consumption is never actually eaten. In a world full of hunger, volatile food prices , and social unrest, these statistics are more than just shocking: they are environmentally, morally and economically outrageous.

Worldwide Food Waste Facts.