Food waste can seem harmless when we throw away the leftovers that are no longer good for consumption. However, we forget that the rest of the world may be doing the same, on much larger scales. The result of that? Tons and tons of food waste. The counter below shows food waste and food loss in real time in the world. Shocking, right?
First of all, a distinction must be made between food waste and food loss. Food spoiled before harvest, or when stored, packaged or transported, is known as food loss. This can be caused by the weather, by insects, among others. Food that is good for consumption but not eaten or thrown away is called food waste. This brings disadvantages at various levels: world hunger, negative impact on the environment and unfavorable economic impact. On the other hand, reducing food waste has several benefits, but 3 of them must be highlighted: