Indian Households Are Second Highest In Food Wastage In The World; 50kg Discarded Per Household

by Tania Tarafdar
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Indian households rank second-highest for food wastage in the world. Are you surprised? But we can admit that most of us do not think twice before wasting food. Where on one hand, the homeless toil for one meal a day, we waste food if that does not suit our taste. According to a new survey, Indian households accounted for 7.4% of the entire 931 million tonnes of food wasted in the world in the world. While one household wasted 74kg of food each year globally, in India, the household food waste estimate is 50 kg per capita per year, or 68,760,163 tonnes a year. This much food is enough to feed a small country like Guinea.

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Food Wastage Is Substantial In Every Country

According to the report, the US wasted 59 kg per household and China 64 kg per household. The household food waste estimate in the US 19,359,951 tonnes a year, while China accounts for 91,646,213 tonnes of food wastage a year. The report found that food wastage was substantial in every country regardless of income level. UK Trains To Get Fuelled By Human Waste & Discarded Food In The Future.

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Food Services Retail Outlets Account For 5% & 2% Food Wastage

Apart from the households, the report also looks at food wastage that occurs in retail outlets, restaurants, and homes. Food services and retail outlets waste 5% and 2% respectively. The report counts both edible and inedible parts like bones and shells presenting the most comprehensive food waste data collection.

Also read: Arogya Ahaara In Bangalore Serves Takeaway Food By The Kilo 

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74% Of Consumer-Level Food Wasted Every Year In Households

On a global per capita-level, about 74% of consumer-level food is wasted each year in households. These figures are extremely alarming and food waste has substantial environmental and economic impacts. if we want to tackle climate change, biodiversity loss, and pollution, we must do our part to reduce food waste. Uttarakhand To Generate 5-Megawatts Of Electricity From Waste And Curb Pollution.

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Did you know that 8-10% of global greenhouse gas emissions are associated with food that is not consumed? It is time we take these figures into account and stop food wastage.

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