Food waste – the issue

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With the global population set to rise to over 9.5 billion by 2050 there are huge pressures facing the world’s food system. We do not yet know what the future will bring for food, but we do know that business as usual is not an option.

We can all contribute to a better food future by reducing the amount of food we waste. Small changes will make a big difference, and everyone can play their part. Almost 50% of the total amount of food thrown away in the UK comes from our homes.

There are two main reasons why we throw away good food: we buy or make too much or we don’t use it in time. 

Businesses have a role to play in reducing food waste too. WRAP research shows that the UK manufacturing and retail sector wastes 1.9 million tonnes of food and drink a year, 1.1 million tonnes is avoidable. 


Key facts

  • Food waste is a global issue. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations one t

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