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What’s the big problem with food waste?

Category:

News, Tips and Tricks

Date:

Friday, May 12, 2017 12:00 PM

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Hi there!

Thanks for coming to check out the Love Food Hate Waste Victoria blog.

Hopefully that means that like us and thousands of others around the world, you’re interested in reducing food waste. 

By doing some easy, practical everyday things you can waste less food, which will benefit your grocery bill and your planet – it’s really a win-win! 

And we can help you with loads of tips, recipes, advice and inspiration to help you on your mission to waste less of the stuff we love.

But first, let’s start with a simple question…

Why is food waste an issue? 

Some quick stats:

  • a massive one third of food produced globally is never eaten.1
  • In Victoria, we waste $4 billion worth of food a year, which is enough to fill Melbourne’s Eureka Tower.2
  • Victoria's household food waste could feed over 367,000 families for a whole year!2

The figures really are staggering. 

Aside from it being just plain wasteful and a real shame, there are some specific reasons why food waste is our focus.

The cost

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Food waste costs the average Victorian household over $2,200 a year – that’s about 20 per cent of the average annual grocery budget or $40 a week. Most households I know would be pretty happy to find a bonus $2,000 in their bank account at the end of the year!

The wasted resources

Wasting food wastes resources 

Wasting food also wastes valuable resources. Producing food uses a huge amount of water, energy, fuel and land. Just think of everything needed to grow and harvest a crop, and then process, package, refrigerate and transport it to you! When food is thrown away, all those resources were used for no benefit.

The burden on landfill

25 percent of household rubbish is food waste

Food waste makes up about 25 per cent of the average household rubbish bin in Victoria. That means one quarter of our household waste does not need to be there! 

The impact on the climate

 Food waste creates greenhouse gases 

When food breaks down in landfill it can produce methane, which is both harmful to public health and is a potent greenhouse gas that contributes to climate change. Not to mention that wasted food still needs to be grown, processed, refrigerated and transported, all which generates needless greenhouse gases if it doesn’t get eaten. 

The climate impacts of food waste are so big that if it were a country, it would be the third largest emitter of greenhouse gases, behind only China and the USA.1   

So now you know why we need to cut food waste, you need to know how. To get you started, here are:

5 of our top tips to reducing food waste at home

  1. Always shop with a list and buy only what you need. 

2. Plan your meals around what you already have to use up.

3. Freeze leftovers in individual portions for quick meals.

4. Store food in the right place so it lasts longer.

5. Start a regular leftovers night. 

Our mission at Love Food Hate Waste is to help you overcome the day-to-day challenges that get between you and the food-loving-zero-wasting person you want to be! 

Did you know? The Love Food Hate Waste campaign is active in the United Kingdom, Canada and New Zealand? All around the world we’re working to raise awareness of the need to reduce food waste and to help people do just that. 

And we’ll share every great tip and trick in the book to help get you there. 

Best of luck and don’t be a stranger!

From the Love Food Hate Waste Victoria team (aka Kellie, Rennae and Bec)

 

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FAO, “Food wastage footprint: Impacts on natural resources”, 2013

Sustainability Victoria, Food Waste Analysis, 2014 

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Each year Victorian households throw out 3,000 tonnes of confectionary or snacks.