Every year, Europeans throw away millions of tons of food. And not just eggshells, tea bags, peel and bones: Two-thirds of our food waste is perfectly edible, some of which never even reach our kitchens. All too often we’re too quick to ditch a wrinkly plum or a misshapen carrot because it’s not aesthetically pleasing.
According to a new UN report, we are wasting almost a billion tons of food globally each year – that equates to 23 million fully loaded 40-ton trucks, which if placed bumper to bumper would be enough to circle the earth seven times.
That equates to a staggering 74 kilos per person per year – and it’s a scale of waste that has even surprised those who are working to reduce it.
The problems are not just ethical or economical but also environmental: like everything else we throw away, it requires disposal, and if food waste were a country, it would have the third highest CO2 emissions after only the U.S. and China.