The average consumer in Europe and North-America throws away 95-115 kg of food per year according to a new report published by the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). The study looks at food loss and food waste during the whole supply chain from production to consumption and finds that around “one-third of the edible parts of food produced for human consumption, gets lost or wasted globally”, representing about 1.3 billion ton per year.
The report, written for the FAO by the Swedish Institute for Food and Biotechnology shows that industrialised and developing countries waste or lose roughly the same amount of food each year. Rich countries waste food mostly at the level of the consumer, while for developing countries the losses are due to weak infrastructure such as poor storage, processing and packaging facilities. The food wasted by consumers in rich countries is nearly equal to the entire food production of sub-Saharan Africa (230m tonnes).