According to Wikipedia, food waste is “any food substance, raw or cooked, which is discarded, or intended or required to be discarded”.
People usually waste their food by:
- Throwing away left over food.
- Not finishing the food in their plates and throw it away.
- Storing food until they expire and end up throwing them.
The things that usually lead people to waste food:
- Buying without thinking.
- Buying over their needs.
- Not choosing their food properly.
- Ordering too much food when eating out.
- Putting too much food in their plates.
Food are the third largest waste counted behind paper and yard waste on the first and second place respectively. 18 million tonnes of edible food, end up dumped in landfills. It is estimated that the total amount of food wasted in the United States and Europe could feed the world 3 times over! In the United States of America, the total amount of food wasted have increased up to 50 percent higher since the year 1974. One of the high factor of this dramatic rise is that up to 40 percent of produced food end up in landfills. 2 billion food could be fed for a year with the amount of the United States alone throws away each year. In the United Kingdom, 8.3 million tonnes of food are thrown away by house holds annually. City dwellers generally waste most food in the United Kingdom. 1.2 million tonnes of food is thrown away in its packaging. If we stop wasting food, the carbon impact would be equal to taking of 1 in 4 cars of the UK road.