"Eat up! Children in Africa are starving." Without a doubt, you have heard this sentence when you were young. There are over 800 million people are starving all over the world. That equals about 11%. Paradoxically, there is actually enough food for everyone. However, an incredibly high amount of food ends up as trash? Find out here why that's the case.
Damn, I wanted to cook something with carrots this week - oh sh.., they they have already gone off...
I am sure: you know this situation all too well: you forget what you had in the fridge and now you have to throw it away - at least with a bad conscience.
That is what ends up in the trash:
We are from Germany. Here, 19 tons of food end up as waste - every minute. Put it differently, a third of the entire food that exists is to be thrown away. To make it easier to grasp: an area of land roughly the size of the German state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (2.6 million hectares) is being farmed - de facto all for nothing. This translates into 750 billion US dollars of costs, which arise completely in vain.
Where waste is generated.
A total of 61% of all food waste is caused by food producers.
The graph below shows how much food is wasted on the way from the field to the plate.
14% of food waste are due to harvest and post-harvest losses, which are - admittedly - often difficult to avoid. On the one hand, food can be damaged or destroyed during transport and storage, e.g. by parasites.
Large losses, however, also occur during the processing of the food (14%), among other things, due to the fact that not all food meets certain required standards. In retail and wholesale trade, products that are simply not sold account for similarly large losses. Finally, the gastronomy sector is to be mentioned, since it stands for another 20% of food waste. Private households are responsible for "only" just under 40% for food waste.
We need to end this. Soon.
Let's face it: half the food waste could be avoided! The problem is that the federal government concentrates too much on the end consumers, although about 60% of the waste is not even caused by them. Instead, companies should be taught proper and professional (best) practices in order to fight food waste.
A great example we want to share with you is France. Since 2016, there has been a legal basis in place to ban food waste in supermarkets. Unsold food is now (has to be..) donated to non-profit organisations or the "Tafel". If food is thrown away after all and this is uncovered, the supermarkets face a hefty penalty.
As you can see, the situation is precarious. There should be appropriate legislation to put a stop to food waste on the producer side.
But what you can do yourself can be found in part 2 of the blog post.