More than 931 million tonnes of food, equalling nearly 17 percent of the total food available for consumption in 2019, were dumped in dustbins, dampening global efforts to reduce hunger and emissions, said a new report from the United Nations.
The staggering amount of food waste would fit into 23 million fully-loaded 40-tonne trucks. And if these trucks are lined up bumper-to-bumper, then the queue would be long enough to circle the Earth seven times.
Shockingly, households contributed a massive 11 percent, food services added five percent and retail outlets two percent to the total discarded food, according to the Food Waste Index Report 2021 prepared by the United Nations Environment Program and Waste and Resources Action Program.
Food production releases over 25 percent of the global greenhouse gas emissions, responsible for causing global warming, said a study by the University of Oxford in 2018.