When you throw something in the bin, it's not just food that is going to waste, it's all the precious resources which went into making it. And each one has an impact on climate change.
Perhaps even more shocking, 70% of all food that's thrown away in the UK comes from our homes, which means every single one of us has a vitally important role to play in the battle against climate change.
We chuck a massive 4.5 million tonnes of food away every year which could have been eaten - enough to fill 38 million wheelie bins! And every bit of food that's not eaten has an impact on our beautiful planet - whether it's a soggy bag of salad or last night's leftovers. With the UK throwing away food valued at £14billion, it's costing the earth in more ways than one.
For the planet and for our future generations - we need to reduce how much food goes in the bin by changing our habits around food, including how we go about buying our food and paying more attention to food once it is in our homes.
How food impacts our planet and affects climate change
Contrary to what we might think, it's not the piles of rotting food in landfill that are the biggest culprit. It's all the resources that have been used to produce the food we eat at home, to get it from the farm to our tables, that are then wasted if we throw that food away. In fact, 25-30% of global carbon emissions are created by growing and producing food alone.
To grow food, you need land, which can lead to deforestation. And then you've got to factor in water, energy, fertiliser, machinery, fuel for transportation - the list is endless, not forgetting the energy and time that farmers invest in our food. Food production creates more greenhouse gases than every commercial flight in the world combined.
So you can see, when you throw something in the bin, it's not just food that is going to waste, it's all the precious resources which went into making it. And each one has an impact on climate change. If we valued food more then maybe we might think and behave differently around food.
Join the Fight against Climate Change
Help us halve food waste by 2030
The *United Nations (UN) has set a goal to cut food waste by 50%. This would reduce our greenhouse gas emissions by a massive 1.5 gigatons per year, which is more than the current emissions of Japan. And it would mean we'd no longer need to convert an area the size of Argentina into agricultural land which, if we continue to consume at the rate that we do, we'd need to.
*The UN is an international organisation that does amazing work coordinating a global effort that helps to solve many world problems, including looking after our planet.
It's time for us all to roll up our sleeves, get a grip on what's going on in our homes and help to fix the climate crisis, especially around food.
How can I save my food from the bin?
Got a little too much on your plate? Lots of us in the UK do, with a huge amount of the food we buy ending up in the bin simply because we decided to eat something different that night or changed our minds and got a takeaway instead of eating the fresh veggies in our fridge.
If each of us made a small change to the way we buy, handle and behave around food, together we could make a huge difference and help reduce the impact of climate change. And if you are still pondering, then how about saving £720 per year? This is what the average family can save by ensuring that all food in the home is eaten and not binned.
Take action and start saving food today!