Globally, 1/3 of food produced for human consumption is wasted. 1

In fact, how we produce and consume food is the biggest threat to our planet today. We are needlessly wasting our limited natural resources.

Food production uses 34% of all our land and is the culprit for up to 80% of deforestation. 2,3

From unharvested crops to throwing away “ugly” but edible produce and overbuying on the consumer side, food is lost or wasted at every step of the food supply chain.

Most uneaten food ends up in landfills, where it rots and releases greenhouse gas emissions. In fact, wasted food contributes to approximately eight percent of all global emissions. 4

Our broken food system is not only unsustainable – it’s deadly.

We already know that there is enough food in the world to feed everyone. Yet, every single day, 25,000 people die from hunger. 5

Our planet is reaching breaking point.

By 2050, the world’s population will reach 9 billion and the demand for food will double.6,7 Are we too late to fix this broken food system?

Halve food waste by 2030

We have the power to prevent environmental collapse, water scarcity, economic disaster and world hunger.

Together we can make a global commitment to halve global food waste by 2030.

Too many people are unaware of the tremendous waste that occurs in the food supply chain. Knowledge is power, and when we all learn the true cost of our broken food system, we can save ourselves from the worst of its impacts.

We must learn to appreciate the precious resources we are currently exploiting for food production.

If we all shopped, cooked and ate smarter we could avoid wasting food. Combining that with actions along supply chains, would mean we had more than enough food to feed a growing population.

We need to keep food out of landfills, to avoid the release of additional emissions. Instead, we should redirect any edible food to the hungry, and use scraps for animal feed or composting.


Fighting the food waste crisis

The economic impacts are astounding. Food waste costs the world 2.6 trillion USD every year. 8

But what would happen if we could save that 1/3 of food wastage?

If we could stop that food waste, we’d save 30 years of drinking water for every person on Earth and enough energy to power a billion homes for a year. 9

We would have 4x the food needed to feed the world’s 820 million undernourished people every year. 9

We could stop over 2.6 million football fields of forest from being destroyed for farmland. 9

You need to act now

Commit to the fight against food waste and its harmful impacts on our planet!

Today we produce enough food to feed everyone, yet millions still go hungry.

Globally, we waste 1/3 of all food produced for human consumption. 1

This is urgent. We must commit to ending food wastage before this broken food system destroys our planet past the point of no return.

Together we can remedy how the world grows, transports and consumes food.

Take the quiz to find out the true price of our wasteful food habits.

Sources:
1 www.unenvironment.org/thinkeatsave/get-informed/worldwide-food-waste
2 wwf.panda.org/discover/our_focus/food_practice/food_loss_and_waste/
3 www.greenpeace.org/usa/forests/issues/agribusiness/
4 www.unenvironment.org/news-and-stories/press-release/food-loss-and-waste-must-be-reduced-greater-food-security-and
5 www.un.org/en/chronicle/article/losing-25000-hunger-every-day
6 www.fao.org/fileadmin/templates/wsfs/docs/expert_paper/How_to_Feed_the_World_in_2050.pdf
7 www.un.org/press/en/2009/gaef3242.doc.htm
8 www.fao.org/nr/sustainability/food-loss-and-waste/en/
9 www.saveonethird.org/
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