According to the World Resources Institute, Oceania (that is us NZ) and the USA are the most wasteful countries in the world. We throw out more than 500 calories of food EVERY SINGLE DAY.
That is 33% fresh fruit & vegetables, 27% leftovers, 15% packaged and long life products, 9% drinks and frozens, and 7% take-a-ways.
In NZ alone 2015 stats show the average household wastes $563 of food, totalling over $872 million a year.
Add to that the staggering 20-40 percent of fresh fruit and veggies that never even make it to the shelves because they don’t fall within consumer standards.
Every year, consumers in industrialized countries waste almost as much food as the entire net food production of sub-Saharan Africa (222 million vs. 230 million tons)
Roughly one third of the food produced in the world for human consumption every year approximately 1.3 BILLION tons – gets lost or wasted
Food waste that goes to the landfill breaks down and produces methane gas.
This is 21 more potent than CO2 as a greenhouse gas.
Far too little food is recovered or rescued and that is where Nourished for Nil comes in.
Nourished for Nil targets Food waste that is good enough to eat but not good enough to sell or is surplus to requirement. It is that simple.
“What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others.”