We waste 1.3 billion tonnes of food each year. Here's how to do your part to slash those numbers.
By Siti Rohani
Food waste is a big problem around the world. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, roughly one-third of all the food produced in the world, or 1.3 billion tonnes, gets lost or wasted annually.
Australia’s Department of Environment and Energy estimate food waste to cost the Australian economy around $20 billion each year, with Aussies throwing away around 3.1 million tonnes of food annually.
And it’s just as serious in our part of the world. Studies have shown that Singapore households get rid of S$200 million (US$149 million) worth of food waste a year. Across the Causeway in Malaysia, a report has revealed that Malaysians waste 15,000 tonnes of food a day, of which 3000 tonnes is still edible – that’s enough to feed two million people.
A partnership between the Waste Management Institute of New Zealand, (WasteMINZ), the Ministry for the Environment and 59 councils around the country has estimated New Zealand households threw away 122,547 million tonnes of food annually, adding up to some NZ$872 million.
Those numbers are mind-boggling!
While we can’t solve the issue of food waste overnight, there are small steps we can take to play our part.