Problem:The Australian government estimates food waste costs our economy $20bn every year.Globally, one third of all food produced is lost or wasted – around 1.3 billion tonnes of food – costing the global economy close to $940 billion each year. See: Food Waste Facts – they’re stunning!
Just one example: Tara McKenzie, an environmental scientist at the University of the Sunshine Coast, has found that all along the supply chain, edible tomatoes that are slightly odd-shaped, or marked, or deemed too small, or too large,arediscarded because they don’t meet market standards for premium, unblemished product. Tara found between 68.6% and 86.7% of the entire tomato crop was rejected. See: The Guardian.
The Opportunity:If one quarter of the food currently lost or wasted could be saved, it would be enough to feed 870 million hungry people.Assuming of course, it can be distributed cost-effectively. And meets local cultural criteria.
See: Antony Pratt and government indicatives. Our contribution?
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