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UN Food Waste Index: Nearly 17 Percent is thrown away by Consumers

In the trash instead of on the plate: According to a recent United Nations report, around 931 million tons of food were thrown away worldwide in 2019 – 17 percent of all ready-to-consume food. Private households account for the largest share of this waste, followed only by restaurants and supermarkets. Moreover, the problem does not only affect industrialized countries, according to the Food Waste Index Report 2021.

Day after day, food ends up in the waste garbage cans of private households, retailers and restaurants, even though many of it would still have been fit for consumption. The waste not only costs money, but also pollutes the climate and the environment. In 2015, the United Nations therefore set as one of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that food waste per capita should be halved by 2030.

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