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Domestic Food Waste

March 29th 2010 00:27
Food waste from packaging, processing or other means can have a dramatically varied impact, depending on the amount produced and how it is dealt with; in some countries the amount of food waste is negligible and has little impact. In countries such as the US and the UK however, the social, economic and environmental impact of food wastage is enormous.

In the UK, 6.7 million tonnes per year of wasted food (purchased and edible food which is discarded) amounts to a cost of 10.2 billion each year. This translates a cost of 250 to 400 a year for every British household.

A study by the University of Arizona in 2004, indicated that 14-15 per cent of US edible food is untouched or unopened, amounting to $43 billion worth of discarded, but edible, food.

This article on NCF discusses food waste in more detail and in particular examines its effect on climate change. The infographic below is taken from the article. Click on the image to view a larger version.

Food waste information

*This article is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License. It uses material from the Wikipedia page for Food Waste.


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