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Food waste is a growing concern in Australia. While we’re getting better at wasting less food each year, we still wasted a whopping $8.9 billion worth of food in 2018. In addition to the negative impact it’s having on our back pocket, our food waste behaviours are also hurting our planet.

We at RaboDirect want to help you waste less and save more, so we are committed to educating and empowering Aussies to not only reduce their household waste but understand how food gets from farm to fork.

Our Food Waste Infographic shows the impact of food waste on the environment and households and how Aussies can make simple changes towards growing a better world together.

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The Global picture

Every month this world has 5 million more mouths to feed and by 2050 it is predicted that we need to feed a whopping 9.2 billion people. Currently, we produce enough food to feed all these people however one third of all food produced is going to waste. If we keep going at this rate there won’t be enough land to produce the food required to feed everyone.

Unfortunately, Australia ranked as the 4th highest food waster in the world (per capita). With this in mind it’s time to make some small changes in your home to do your part in this fight against food waste.

Source: Food Sustainability Index (2019), National Geographic

 

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What’s the cost?

Our Food Waste report shows that Aussie households waste $74 each month. Throwing away scraps and food that’s gone off here and there might seem harmless however it’s hurting your back pocket as well as our planet. Food waste going into landfill decomposes anaerobically producing methane, a greenhouse gas 25 times worse than carbon dioxide.

We need to change our daily food waste habits, and luckily that’s easy enough. Read on to find out how you can make a difference.

Source: https://www.epa.gov/ghgemissions/overview-greenhouse-gases

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How you can make a difference

We don’t need to give up the things we like, dinner out with mates or take away on Friday night. We just need to plan for these things to avoid purchasing more than we need at the supermarket.
Here’s some simple things you can do today to make a big change for everyone’s tomorrow:

  1. Plan your meals for the week, including when you’ll be eating out or ordering take away.
  2. Always shop with a list to ensure you don’t buy things you don’t need.
  3. Make the most of over-ripe fruit and left over veggies by creating muffins, smoothies and vegetable soups.
  4. Seek out information about how food gets from farm to fork. A better understanding of this journey means more informed decisions.
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Stop wasting our planet!

If you’re not yet a food waste reduction advocate, here’s four more reasons to convert today:

  1. If food waste were a country it would be the third largest contributor to climate change.
  2. It takes 250km3 (that’s cubic kilometres) of water to grow just the food that is being wasted, that’s 4,400 times the capacity of Sydney Harbour every year.
  3. Six soccer fields are deforested every minute to grow food that is being put in the bin.
  4. This rate of land clearance is putting 28,000 animal species at risk of extinction over the next 25 years. 

Knowing what effect food waste is having on our planet, we need to come together as a community to make a big change.


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How much are you wasting?

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