Is food waste increasing?
Yes. Today, over 30% of the food produced in Europe is lost or wasted. And this figure is increasing - an estimated 40% of food in the UK is thrown away by consumers, up from 25% in 2005. Food waste in the EU has risen by 38% over the past five years, and is contributing to 1.3 million tonnes a year of CO2 emissions, according to new figures
Food waste is a global issue, but the impact can be felt locally. Food waste contributes to 1.3 million tonnes of carbon dioxide annually, or 3% of the total greenhouse gas emissions in the UK. It also wasted resources such as water, land and energy, which were used to grow, prepare and transport the food that ends up in landfill.
If we don’t act now to reduce and recycle food waste, our food production will need to double by 2050 just to keep up with the increasing population.