Throughout the supply chain, right down to us consumers, a completely shocking 30% of food produced is wasted. Take a look at this Guardian article for some appalling figures
Each year 1.3bn tonnes of food, about a third of all that is produced, is wasted, including about 45% of all fruit and vegetables, 35% of fish and seafood, 30% of cereals, 20% of dairy products and 20% of meat.
What does this mean for the average family?
The average family throws away £700 worth of perfectly good food a year, or almost £60 worth of food a month. The average weekly expenditure on food and non-alcoholic drinks in 2013 was £58.80 according to the ONS, which means a typical family throws away a week’s worth of groceries each month.
That is an incredible amount. To re-frame it, just by using everything up, each month you could save, spend or fritter, an entire weeks food budget. Or, to put it yet another way, you could save 25%, a quarter of your grocery spend. Just imagine, you have gone to the supermarket and come out with your trolley full of a weeks worth of food. Now, before putting it into the car boot, you chuck a quarter of it in the bin! What a waste!