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Per capita food waste of selected countries worldwide 2017

Food waste is a global issue that is indisputable around the world. In Greece and China, both countries’ residents waste about 44 kilograms of food per capita annually, and in contrast, in Australia and the United States, per capita food waste reached 361 kilograms and 278 kilograms per year, respectively. As a whole, the United States actually produces more food waste than the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy, and Sweden combined. Many people are not even aware of the amount of food that they waste. To reduce waste, we must be aware of the magnitude of the issue.

Dealing with food waste

Fresh fruits and vegetables are the most commonly types of food that are thrown into the garbage. Residential homes are one of the largest producers of food waste, however, they are not the only part of the system that is responsible for the waste. To solve the issue of food waste, we must also look at other establishments along the chain, including farms, supermarkets, and restaurants. Food loss along the supply chain can be caused by overproduction, product damage, lack of refrigeration (cold-chain infrastructure), and market fluctuations. To reduce food waste, there are various approaches that may focus on specific areas of the supply chain, information policies and education programs, and developing governmental regulations to improve the situation.

Per capita food waste of selected countries worldwide in 2017

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