For Social Change
Introducing our blog...
As much as we love food, we also love to throw it away. We are all painfully aware of the fact that food waste is a massive problem around the world. Globally, almost one-third of all the food produced goes to waste. In the UK alone, over 6,700,000 tonnes of food is wasted every year. The sheer amount of wasted nutritious food is insane, especially when you consider that more than 820 million people suffer from malnutrition. Therefore, food wastage is a problem that dovetails both climate change and issues of social justice.
Furthermore, food wastage is one of leading causes of climate change. Food waste is responsible for over 8% of global emissions, largely due the potent methane gas being released by food decomposing in landfills. According to the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations, if food wastage were a country, it would be the third largest greenhouse gas emitting country in the world, right behind China and the USA!
Food is wasted in both the supply and consumption stages, but post-consumer waste is the highest contributor to the environmental impacts of food wastage. Moreover, specifically in the UK, household waste is responsible for 3% of national greenhouse gas emissions.
The purpose of this blog is to educate: about why food is wasted and how we can curb food wastage as much as possible. In truth, global food wastage must be solved by food and beverage companies around the world. Instead, we currently pin an unfair amount of blame on individuals. Alongside urging our governments and food companies to take a strong stand against food wastage, we can also create habits and curate a way of living that generates as little waste as possible. Through this blog, we hope each and every person is inspired to make conscious, better decisions to create a better future for generations to come.