During the process of disposal, greenhouse gas is produced. This adds up to a shocking amount of 3.3 billion tonnes a year. This means that if we completely get rid of food waste, the benefit will be equal to getting 1 in 4 cars off the road. Reducing food waste will also lead to slowing down climate change.
Drinks are the second most common type of food waste. When drinks are poured down the sink, a significant amount of water is needed to dilute it.
A lot of water is needed to create food; whether that's growing cops or feeding livestock. According to the national geographic, around 70% of the fresh water on earth is used to produce food. They also indicate that 660 gallons of water is needed to produce a single burger. Every time you throw away a burger, you are essentially wasting the 660 gallons of water used to produce it.
In the UK, it is illegal to just feed livestock like pigs our unwanted food. This means that farmers are importing food that are perfectly fine for us to eat, from places like America. This is a shame, as giving unwanted food to animals is a sufficient and easy way of getting rid of food.
It is estimated that on average, each family spends about £700 on food that they end up throwing away. By only buying what you need, you can save nearly £60 a month. Similarly, the UK hospitality sector spends £2.5 billion a year to tackle food waste. Although this is useful, if each one of us made an effort, it won't be necessary.