During Expo, the Refettorio Ambrosiano received 10 tons of food from Co-op’s ‘Supermarket of the Future’ at Expo. At the end of Expo, 5 more tons were donated from many pavilions. Since then, the food has been coming from the Co-op supermarkets and a nearby school, the Instituto Compresivo Locatelli-Quasimodo.
People in the world suffer from malnutrition
Tons of food are wasted each year by rich countries
Acres of farmland grow food that is wasted
Of all food produced goes to waste
Of food in the home goes to waste
Of food is wasted in fields, storage and transportation
Roughly one third of the food produced in the world for human consumption every year — approximately 1.3 billion tonnes — gets lost or wasted. Every year, consumers in rich countries waste almost as much food (222 million tonnes) as the entire net food production of sub-Saharan Africa (230 million tonnes).
-United Nations Environment Program
An enormous amount of food waste ends up in landfills and represents a large part of municipal solid waste. 20% of methane emissions from landfills come from food waste, one of the largest causes of greenhouse gas emissions.
30% of fruit and vegetables do not make it onto supermarket shelves because they are not ‘attractive’ enough.
Food is discarded on farms, in processing, in transport, in supermarkets, in restaurants, and in our homes. The average household throws out 250 kg of food each year. That represents over $700 of food purchases. Most of that food could be used, recycled, composted and/or donated.
Reducing food waste worldwide begins with each and every one of us. You waste one third of the food you purchase. Here are some tips to help reduce that waste: