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Sustainability

New study finds food waste will increase to 66 tons per second if left unchecked

We need to act

A recent study suggests that by 2030, food waste could increase by 30% across the world if we don’t change approach.

Presented a different way, 2.1 billion tons of food could be wasted or 66 tons every second!

Landfill

A new analysis from Boston Consulting Group (BCG) has found that global food waste will increase by more than 30% by 2030 if no action is taken. The figures themselves are even more alarming: a total of 2.1 billion tons of food is projected to be thrown away or, in the case of perishables, lost; this amount equates to a colossal 66 tons per second.

The study by Boston Consulting Group (published on inhabitat.com), shows that currently 1.6 billion tons of food is thrown away annually. That is,

$1.2 trillion or

8% of annual green house gas emissions

What can we do?

We can buy our food “responsibly” with the introduction of an “ecolabel” according to BCG. They suggest that this would allow us as the consumer to make educated choices with suppliers who are committed to reducing food waste.

The 2030 target

The United Nations has tasked the world’s Governments to achieve a 50% reduction if waste by 2030.

We all need to make change to achieve these targets!