Food waste is a huge issue.
Thirty three percent of all food produced across the world is wasted - there is waste at every stage - waste in production processes, waste in retail (many retailers still refuse to take 'misshapen' vegetables for example), waste in terms of food that is bought but then never eaten and waste in terms of food that is served and not eaten. Some cities (including Edinburgh) offer services to recycle food waste but not everyone uses them and better to avoid the waste earlier on than rely on recycling.
If 23% of the food wasted every year were saved it would be enough to feed 870 million hungry people.
Food waste is an environmental issue on several levels - wasted food means more land under food production and less land left wild and the disposal of food waste can also have environmental implications.
Stop Food Waste Day aims to strive to educate people about the global food waste
epidemic and create and share creative and impactful
solutions. Educated consumers can have tremendous influence on how we
farm, produce, buy, store and use our food.
If you would like to reduce your food waste, you can find some tips on the Stop Food Waste Day website here.
If you have tips to reduce food waste, please feel free to share them in the comments!