There are FOODSHARING projects popping up all over the world to reduce the enormous waste of food. I would like to present you some of them…
- 1.3 billion tons of food are wasted every year.
- This amounts to US$1 trillion dollars of wasted or lost food.
- If wasted food was a country, it would be the third largest producer of carbon dioxide in the world, after the United States and China.
- Just one quarter of all wasted food could feed the 795 million undernourished people around the world who suffer from hunger.
- Food waste in rich countries (222 million tons) is approximately equivalent to all of the food produced in Sub-Saharan Africa (230 million tons).
- A European or North American consumer wastes almost 100 kilograms of food annually, which is more than his or her weight (70 kilograms).
- A European or North American consumer wastes 15 times more food than a typical African consumer.
- Lack of technology and infrastructure is the main cause of food waste in Africa, as opposed to household food waste in the developed world.
- Food waste in Europe alone could feed 200 million hungry people.
- Food waste generates 3.3 billions tons of carbon dioxide, which accelerates global climate change.
( Source: 2015 Foodtank Emily Nink )
How can we avoid this incredible WASTE ?
First of all why not starting with the one in the mirror?
Also I want to present you some inspiring public projects:
An amazing redistributing project in Portugal: Re Food Lisbon.
A very famous german dumpster diver and activist. Raphael Fellmer lives completely without money – he earns nothing, he pays nothing. He get his food from the waste of various organic supermarkets: Raphael Fellmer.
“Der Bundesverband Deutsche Tafel” collects in Germany food donations and brings the food to those who are in need: Die Tafel.
A platform in Germany to share food rather than waste it, in an attempt to limit the environmental damage of wasted food – and put bread on the table of those who need it. The portal was initiated by Valentin Thurn, a journalist and documentary film maker (“Taste the Waste”)
Spurred by the alarming statistic that the average German throws away 80 kilos of food every year, the site offers users the chance to advertise unwanted provisions for others to use: Foodsharing.
And also a very nice worldwide project: FALLINGFRUIT.