There's More to Food Waste than Wasted Food
Food waste is a global problem that has both environmental and economic consequences.
Globally, more than one quarter of food produced is wasted!
When food is wasted, all the resources used in bringing food to our tables are wasted too.
Think about all that it takes to bring your food to the table;
land use, water, harvesting, processing, packaging, transporting, storing and cooking ....for it to ultimately end up in the bin. Disposal in landfills release methane, a greenhouse gas more potent that carbon.
Keeping food waste from landfill has environmental and financial benefits. It is estimated that food waste per household in Ireland is approximately 150 kg per year or 52 kg of food waste per person. This food waste is estimated to cost each household around €700 per year. Obviously, this will vary from household to household but it is shocking to think that this amount of food is potentially being wasted every year in Ireland.
Reducing our food waste is one of the most effective actions we can take to address climate change. It's free, simple and makes a huge difference.