Facts on food waste

The Irish Times - Weekend Review - - ENVIRONMENT - See also stop­food­waste.ie and ec.europa.eu

Twenty per cent of food pro­duced in the EU is lost or wasted.

Food waste gen­er­ates about 8 per cent of global green­house gases.

One of the United Na­tions Sus­tain­able Devel­op­ment Goals calls for a 50 per cent re­duc­tion in food waste by 2030.

The an­nual cost of food waste for householders in Ire­land is be­tween ¤700 and ¤1,000.

An av­er­age restaurant loses about ¤24,000 per year from food waste.

An av­er­age ho­tel loses about ¤150,000 per year from food waste.

In de­vel­op­ing coun­tries, over 40 per cent of food losses hap­pen af­ter har­vest and dur­ing pro­cess­ing while in in­dus­tri­alised coun­tries, over 40 per cent oc­curs at re­tail and con­sumer level.

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