The world population is due to rise from 7 to 9 billion by 2050 and, according to the World Food Programme, mankind wastes between 30 and 50 per cent of the food it produces. National governments have finally given up to public pressure and have begun to fight this epidemic, by targeting food firms.
UK government, for example, has a voluntary agreement with the grocery and retail sector to cut both food and packaging waste in the supply chain. The French legislation is more strict and made illegal for grocery stores and supermarkets to throw away or destroy unsold food, being expected to donate the items to charity.
The Australian National Environment Agency, though, has estimated that approximately half of all wasted food in Australia is produced by households. Only 1 in 7 Australians admit to waste more food than they should, as reported by the above infographic from Helpling; however, in 2014 the amount wasted added up to 345kg per capita. Approximately as if each one threw away a loaf of bread, every single day.
On the positive side, in the last 10 years the annual wastage of food in Australia has decreased by 34%, compared to the previous decade. But yet, given how many people go hungry each year this is still not enough. As single individuals, we can all do our part to make a difference by changing the way we buy, eat and dispose of food.
If you don’t know where to start or if you would like a guide to keep on hand, Helpling – cleaning services has put together a useful vade mecum with the 7 simplest and most effective ways to reduce food wastage in your home. Read it and share it with your beloved ones; we can all have a great impact on reducing food waste, starting today!
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