In 2019, the inhabitants of the planet dumped 931 million tons of food as waste. This is 17% of all food produced, according to a joint report by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) and the British environmental NGO WRAP.
If all the discarded food was placed in 40-ton trucks, parked end-to-end, then the chain of trucks could circumnavigate the Earth seven times. At the same time, according to the UN, about 690 million people in the world went hungry last year, writes the TRT in Russian news portal.
It is noted that more than 60% of food waste comes from households, 26% from the catering system and 13% from retail.
The authors of the report argue that the scale of food loss at the “consumer level”, that is, at home, was previously underestimated. So, out of 121 kilograms of food discarded per person per year, 74 kilograms are household waste.
Food waste is an increasingly serious environmental problem. According to experts, about 8-10% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions are associated with discarded food. If uneaten food were a state, it would rank third in the world in greenhouse gas emissions after the United States and China, said UNEP Executive Director Inger Andersen.