Half of the worlds food wasted

Half of all the world’s food ends up being thrown away, two billion tonnes worth in total a new report claims. The waste is caused by poor infrastructure and storage facilities, over-strict sell-by dates, “get-one-free” offers, and consumer fussiness.I think buy one get one free is the biggest thing that is causing food waste, people  cannot use the food fast enough so it ends up in the bin. Its a shame with so many people not only abroad but also at home going hungry with the lack of food.

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The Institution of Mechanical Engineers, says that between 30% and 50% of this total, amounting to 1.2 to 2 billion tonnes, never gets eaten.

In the UK, up to 30% of vegetable crops are not harvested because their physical appearance fails to meet the exacting demands of consumers.

Half the food purchased in Europe and the US is thrown away after it is bought, the report adds.

Vast quantities of water are also wasted in global food production, it is claimed.

Around 550 billion cubic metres of water is used to grow crops that never reach the consumer, according to the report.

The demand for water in food production could reach 10 to 13 trillion cubic metres a year by 2050, the institution said.

This is up to 3.5 times greater than the total amount of fresh water used by humans today, raising the spectre of dangerous water shortages.

This is food that could be used to feed the world’s growing population – as well as those in hunger today.

It is also an unnecessary waste of the land, water and energy resources that were used in the production, processing and distribution of this food.

By 2075 the United Nations predicts that the world’s population will reach around 9.5 billion, resulting in an extra three billion mouths to feed.

19 responses to “Half of the worlds food wasted

  1. Depressing info, sir ! =_=

  2. What a staggering figure 😦 especially as you say, given the amount of hungry and starving people. We don’t get bogofs here, or at least not the food I buy. Sometimes there are offers buy two for £3, which generates a measly saving of 10 or fifteen pence on the two purchases so I rarely bother. I did get three bags of ground almonds for the price of two which I thought was well worth it, as a) I use them quite a lot and b) it’s not as though they go off that quickly.

    We’re pretty frugal in the food stakes, and of course our Spanish neighbours don’t like waste either so give us their spare veg that they’ve received from relatives.

    We would often see some of the local tramps diving into the rubbish bins outside one of the Spanish supermarkets looking for all the food the super had chucked out.

    As for appearance’s sake. Hmmm. Fair enough if you are just going to sit and look at an apple (for example) but most of us plan to eat it.

    I could get into the issue about crops grown to feed animals instead of gong directly to feed people, but although related (ie water usage, ground usage) it’s a separate discussion, so I will shut up now 😀

    • Thanks for your comment they are always good.

      Supermarket near us clears there stock of goods at their shelf life and skips them, instead of sending them to a food bank.

  3. There is a lesson here…practise birth control.

  4. I’m so glad my mother won’t read this. She can’t waste any food. When we were growing up, she would scrape off mold and serve. She grew up in war-torn Paris and knew what it was like to starve. Personally, I think she went a bit overboard with the mold thing, but she sure was never wasteful like so many people are!

  5. there is so much insanity. Did you know Harry that if instead of growing ENORMOUS amounts of grain to feed animals raised in factory farming, to produce meat that is expensive…if we used that land to grow a variety of crops we could feed people cheaply and healthily…go figure why we don’t

  6. Lol – for some reason my post mysteriously disappeared and I had to re-publish it. Try this link instead. 🙂


  7. Reblogged this on THE RESPONSIBLE CONSUMER and commented:
    Wasted food is an issue we don’t talk about enough. Even at the micro level: I watched a women in downtown San Francisco threwing leftovers in the trash while hungry homeless camped across the way.(And water is something else we waste while others don’t have clean water to drink, cook, or wash themselves with. 910 gallons of water are used to make pre-washed jeans.) Thanks to Harry (The Dribbling Pensioner … not) for this look at the macro-level of waste.

  8. I cannot remember the name of the store but this store decided to sell all the misshaped vegetables /fruit etcetc they stacked their shelves with all this food that they bought cheap .I was a mayor success not one piece of food was left on the shelves all this is down to the Common market /European market with their rules about straight bananas and straight cucumbers /carrots/parsnips/in fact almost any food this to get out of the European union ! Not only that but lots of other issues .which I will not go into here now

  9. Your right, some stupid person thinking something up about food being straight just to keep his job. its a sin all this food being dumped.

    My local supermarket dumps food which has reached its sell by date, but it has another week or longer to go on its other dates, its madness.

  10. But then again Harry the E U is totally responsible for a lot of the waste big food stores are afraid to give out food that’s near its sell by date in case somebody gets ill and sues the store ,We have entered into a suing culture age_which is sad

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