Waste Food

Using waste

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.

Avoid waste

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:

At home

At the store

During meals