Presentation on theme: "Food Wastage & Hunger. In the World Today: We produce enough food to feed everyone BUT 1 in 7 are facing starvation. 1 in 3 kilograms of food produced."— Presentation transcript:
Who Needs Food Relief? 105,000 people are currently homeless 2.2 million Australians live in poverty 10.9% of children live in poverty 1 in 4 pensioners live in or close to poverty
Australia: the lucky country? We produce enough food to feed 60 million people annually. We are a food secure nation, however, over 5% of Australians experience personal food insecurity
Factors that contribute Financial stress Unemployment Illness Minimal access to transport Lack of education about food and nutrition Geographical isolation Homelessness
Food Insecurity & Health Only 10% of Australians consume enough vegetables, living on a tight budget makes this more challenging Your risk of obesity is 20%-40% higher if you have an insecure food supply. Disadvantaged communities have up to 2.5 times the exposure to fast food outlets.
What is Food Waste? 47% of waste in landfill is food & green organic waste. Food waste results from preparing and cooking food. It is the food we throw in the bin, we feed to our pets or toss in the compost or worm farm. It's the food we bought to eat but then threw away.
Food Waste There are two types of food waste: 'avoidable' and 'unavoidable' food waste. Avoidable: includes food that: – gets wasted because we buy more than we need – is out of date before we use it – gets wasted because we cook more than we need. Unavoidable: food waste that can not usually be eaten. It is the food waste we can not really do anything further with apart from composting it or putting it in the bin. e.g. pineapple skins, tea bags and fruit and vegetable peelings.
Positive News Since 2005, Second Bite’s fresh food rescue has ensured: Food waste is sent to farms to feed animals instead of going to landfill Over 2,000,000kgs of fresh food redistributed, saving 168 million litres of water Saving 2.7million kilograms of Carbon Dioxide = taking 594 cars off the road for a year.
Food waste in Australian landfills is the second largest source of methane.
Food Waste and the Environment Every kilogram of food that ends up in landfill: Emits harmful gas Wastes resources required to grow and transport food Pollutes waterways
Dumping a kilogram of beef means wasting the 50,000 litres of water used in its production. Throwing out a kilo of white rice will waste 2,385 litres. If less food were wasted, less land, water and energy would be needed across the entire value chain.
Why is food wasted? Consumers demand perfection:
Nearly a third of the crop is graded out because they’re too small or they have minor blemishes. In Queensland, research revealed that 60,000 tonnes of bananas don’t even make it past the farm gate every year.
What can YOU do to reduce YOUR food waste at home?
Preserve foods: create meals that can be frozen, make jams, sauces & pickles etc Don’t buy more than you need: plan meals, minimise packaging, write shopping lists. Get a vegie patch, compost or worm farm. Educate yourself Support businesses that participate in food- rescue programs (eg. Foodbank, Second Bite).