By 2050, it is estimated that the earth’s population will top 9 billion. It has been widely acknowledged that such a growing population will place a great deal of stress on our food systems, natural resources and ecosystems. As our planet becomes increasingly inhabited the global demand for food continues to grow, and rather than efficiently use what we’ve got (which is more than enough) we instead increase food supplies, use more valuable land resources, create more food surpluses and ultimately end up throwing more food in the bin.
Currently, we waste almost 40% of all the food we produce worldwide. It’s thought that 28% of our planet’s agricultural land is used to produce food that doesn’t even make it as far as a plate; and worse still, when this rots in landfill it releases damaging pollutants that can be up to 100 times more potent than carbon dioxide. In fact, it has been found that 20% of the UK’s greenhouse gases are associated with food production, distribution and storage. If we were to eat all the edible food we throw away, we’d save CO2 emissions that would equate to taking one in four cars off the road, whilst it is estimated that wasted food from the USA, Europe and Asia could feed the world three times over.
As an environmental social enterprise committed to reducing food waste we’re striving to find sustainable solutions to making the most of what we’ve got in order to prevent causing further unnecessary strain on our precious planet. Our primary goal is to raise awareness of food wastage, but we also want to prove that much of what is binned is perfectly safe for consumption (and it tastes even better when you know you’re doing your bit to help protect the planet – we promise you that!).
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