Whilst many children in poor countries go hungry
In wealthier countries like ours we throw up to 20% of the food we buy away. See here
Late last term the editorial team wrote a survey for the school community to find out more about food waste in our immediate community. After researching food waste in Australia and finding out facts from websites such as Foodbank and Oz Harvest we found that Australia are the worst offenders in the world and that if everyone on the planet lived the way that we do we would need 4 planet Earths!
We ran a competition with all children returning surveys going into the draw to win a $20 iTunes card or $20 Westfield Voucher. The winner was Freddie, from the 45 families that participated.
We look forward to sharing the results with you in the meantime we can all do more to reduce food waste
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- Australians discard up to 20% of the food they purchase
- This equates to 1 out of every 5 bags of groceries they buy
- Up to 40% of the average household garbage bin is food
- For the average Australian household $1,036 of food is thrown away each year
What could this be spent on:
- Enough to feed the average household for over a month
- Paying off six months of your electricity bill
- Aussies throw out $8 billion of edible food every year
- Australia wastes 4 million tonnes of food each year
- This equates to 523kg per household, which is the same weight as just over 5 average size fridges!
Out of the $8 billion what do we waste every year?
- $2.67 billion of fresh food = 33%
- $2.18 billion of leftovers = 27%
- $1.17 billion of packaged and long-life products = 15%
- $727 million of drinks = 9%
- $727 million of frozen food = 9%
- $566 million of takeaways = 7%
Why is it wasted?
- We cook too much food
- Food is mistakenly thrown out before the use-by/best before date
- We forget about leftovers in the fridge/freezer
- We don’t know how to use leftovers
- We buy too much because we don’t stick to a shopping list
- We often shop when we’re hungry so we buy more food than we need
- We don’t check the cupboard or fridge before going shopping
- We are not planning our meals and menus as much as we could
- Buying takeaways at the last minute instead of cooking the food we have in/family members changing plans
Who are the biggest wasters of food?
- Young consumers (18-24)
- Households with incomes of more than $100,000 per year
- Families with children
When food rots in landfill, it gives off a greenhouse gas called Methane which is 25 times more potent than the carbon pollution that comes out of your car exhaust.
The hidden impact?
When you throw out food, you also waste the water, fuel and resources it took to get the food from the paddock to your plate.
An estimated 20-40% of fruit and vegetables are rejected even before they reach the shops mostly because they do not match consumers’ and supermarkets’ high cosmetic standards.
If you add up the foods Australia wastes each year, it’s enough to fill 450,000 garbage trucks. Placed end to end, the convoy would bridge the gap between Australia and New Zealand just over three times.