Did you know that over 1/3 of all food produced globally goes to waste?
Annually, a third (33%) of all food produced is wasted every year. Or in monetary terms, over £900 billion is wasted. Every. Single. Year.
If 25% of the overall of all wasted food was saved it would be enough to feed over 870 million hungry people. The most worrying fact about food waste is that if food waste was a country, it would be the third largest greenhouse gas emitting nation in the world. This is why Stop Food Waste Day was created, in order to educate and initiate change in the population’s perception of food wastage.
Stop Food Waste Day’s mission is to educate and ignite change regarding the global food waste epidemic that we are currently facing. They plan on drawing attention to the problem as well as creating and sharing creative and impactful solutions. If these changes were widely adopted, then consumers could have a large influence on how we farm, produce buy, store, and use our food.
There are really simple ways that you can reduce your food waste, including a basic shopping list when you go to the supermarket. By planning what you need to buy, rather than what you want to buy, you can avoid buying additional food that you probably will not use. Stoop Food Waste Day estimates that a family of four will lose approximately £1100 a year by wasting food, and when scaled up to the entirety of the UK, you can see the extent of the issue.
Defra has set out aims that will provide additional household food waste collections by 2023, and separate food collection services specifically concentrating on surplus food generated from the retail and manufacturing sectors. In the UK, the two sectors produce approximately 3 million tonnes of food waste every year, a resource that could be converted into renewable energy.
For example, one way that food waste can be turned into an energy source is anaerobic digestion. This is the process by which food waste is broken down to produce biogas and fertiliser. The biogas that is produced can be used in gas engines, used for heating, and can be converted into electricity, all without releasing harmful gases into the atmosphere.
Future Resource believes that generating renewable energy from waste products will be one of the most important ways of creating energy for our own consumption in the near future. That is why we created the Energy From Waste zone at the event. It is dedicated to helping businesses turn their waste into a valuable energy resource helping them save money, become more sustainable and efficient. If your business produces equipment that can be used to generate energy from waste, and wants to showcase it in front of 22,000 decision makers from businesses around the UK, please get in touch with Pete Longley on 0117 929 6083 or firstname.lastname@example.org or online here.