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How Much Food Gets Tossed When We Don't Eat It?

How Much Food Gets Tossed When We Don't Eat It?   ©The Earth & I
  • In 2019, consumers tossed away nearly 1 billion tons of food or 17% of all food they bought.

  • In 2019, 690 million people were undernourished.

  • 8 to 10% of all greenhouse gas emissions come from producing food that is ultimately thrown away.

  • In 2019, 61% of food waste was generated by households, 26% from food service and 13% from retail.

  • An estimated one-third of the food we produce is lost or wasted, and with it an estimated 38% of energy consumed in food systems.

  • Food systems currently consume 30% of the world’s available energy.

Source: United Nations Environment Programme and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations


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