Despite the rising food prices, the average Irish household throws out 150kg of food, worth €700, every year. On one organic farm, meanwhile, up to 13.5 tons of vegetables go to waste every year because a no buyers can be found.
In 2019, Ireland wasted 1.1 million tons of food waste, or 55kg per capita. And Ireland is far from being the worst: the Italians waste 67kg per capita, the UK 7kg and the French manage to waste 85kg per capita. The global average is 74kg per capita.
The United Nations Environment Programme last year urged countries to do more to cut food waste: “If food loss and waste were a country, it would be the third-biggest source of greenhouse gas emissions,” says the programmes’s executive director, Inger Andersen.
Since 2014, FoodCloud has distributed more than 140 million meals that would otherwise have gone to waste across Ireland and the UK, with the charity’s Chris Hill warning that any unexpected changes in the public’s behaviour can lead to waste.
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