Wasted food statistics


Tons of food lost or wasted

Globally, this year

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Tons of food lost or wasted

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It blows your mind but almost...
half of all food in the world is lost or wasted.

Top 4 facts about food wasted


Half of all food is lost

The world loses an astounding quantity of food every year. It’s hard to believe, but close to half of all food produced in the world is lost or wasted.


Partly because we throw it away

A lot of the massive food loss is happening because of things like crop pests and ineffective harvesting and irrigation. But huge amounts of food is also lost simply because we throw it away…


Much of it is perfectly fit for eating

17 percent of the entire world production of food is simply thrown out as waste; by the supermarkets, by the shops, and by our own households. And much of it still perfectly fit for eating.


Wasted food puts pressure on water resources too

The loss of food is also problematic considering the water that went into producing the food. Far most of the water used on this planet is used for food production - and wasted food therefore also means wasted water.

Food wasted

This number includes losses that occur at every step in the production of food. In fields food is lost due to crop pests and diseases. Food is also lost because of inefficient harvesting methods, transportation and storage. And food is wasted through the deliberate discarding of food in shops, supermarkets, and households. Finally food is “lost” when fed to farm animals because only a small percentage of the calories fed to animals are transformed into meat. We haven’t been able to find data on total food wasted worldwide so the counter is based on the following rough estimations: UK households waste 8.3 million tons of food every year. Household food waste is around 30 percent of total food waste. UK share of world GDP is around 3.77 percent If it is assumed that all countries waste food similar to the UK (in terms of waste per GDP), total food waste is about 716,000,000 tons a year worldwide equivalent to more than 22 tons every second or 1 kilo of food every day to almost 2 billion people - double the number of people that is currently suffering from hunger! If you know of more accurate data on worldwide food waste please let us know.

Half of all food is lost

Partly because we throw it away

Much of it is perfectly fit for eating

Wasted food puts pressure on water resources too

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