According to the world health organisation, FAO, approximately 1.3 billion tonnes
of food produced for human consumption worldwide is lost or wasted. This amount is theoretically enough to feed roughly two billion people. This food is either discarded or lost on its way from producer to consumer along the food supply chain.
At the same time, the world population increases steadily, and agricultural production must be increased accordingly to prevent hunger. If we could manage to cut current food loss at least in half, the necessity to increase global food production in the future could be greatly reduced, according to FAO prognoses.
While the issue in lesser-developed countries is loss through spoilage, it is primarily food waste in western industrial nations. According to information from SAVE FOOD
, a joint initiative of FAO, UNEP and Messe Düsseldorf, as much as 30% of all food is discarded unused here in Germany. In recent years, this topic has advanced to the foreground of public awareness, not lastly due to the efforts of the SAVE FOOD
initiative and its partners. Meanwhile, numerous projects are actively fighting to reduce food waste.