The food    we waste Ray Georgeson Director of Policy  and Evaluation  London  8 May 2008
The study <ul><ul><ul><li>Largest of its kind ever in the UK, and probably the world. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>...
The food we waste is … <ul><ul><ul><li>Staggering </li></ul></ul></ul>
6.7 million tonnes a year 5.6 million tonnes a year 0.6 million tonnes a year 0.3 million tonnes a year 0.2 million tonnes...
We throw away  a third of the food we buy
The food we waste is … <ul><ul><ul><li>Mostly avoidable </li></ul></ul></ul>
 
 
Some key foods wasted needlessly Slices of bread 328,000 tonnes a year Meat or fish meals 161,000 tonnes a year Yoghurt & ...
The food we waste is … <ul><ul><ul><li>Costly </li></ul></ul></ul>
£10.2 billion a year £8.5 billion a year £0.9 billion a year £0.5 billion a year £0.3 billion a year
 
Some key foods wasted needlessly Meat or fish meals £602 million a year Apples  £317 million a year Pizza  £170 million a ...
The food we waste is … <ul><ul><ul><li>Harmful   to the environment </li></ul></ul></ul>
Food waste is responsible for the equivalent of  18 million tonnes  of carbon dioxide
Each  tonne  of avoidable food waste is responsible for the equivalent of  4.5 tonnes  of carbon dioxide equivalent
The food we waste is … <ul><ul><ul><li>Often untouched </li></ul></ul></ul>
<ul><li>Nearly a   quarter   of avoidable food waste is thrown away   whole ,  unopened   or   untouched   – nearly  1 mil...
Key foods thrown away whole and untouched Potatoes 5.1 million a day Unused teabags  520,000 a day Sausages  1.2 million a...
The food we waste is … <ul><ul><ul><li>Left on our plates </li></ul></ul></ul>
<ul><li>We leave   1.2 million tonnes   a year   on our plates  </li></ul>Meal leftovers 582,900 tonnes  worth £1.7 billio...
The food we waste is … <ul><ul><ul><li>Sometimes  in date </li></ul></ul></ul>
<ul><li>At least   340,000 tonnes   a year is   thrown away still   in date </li></ul><ul><li>Nearly   20%   of that  hasn...
The food we waste is … <ul><ul><ul><li>Produced by all of us </li></ul></ul></ul>
Different age groups
Different household composition
Different household sizes
The food we waste is … <ul><ul><ul><li>Invisible to most of us   </li></ul></ul></ul>
Even households that are  adamant  they waste  no food  at all throw away nearly  90kg a year  of avoidable food waste “ W...
The food we waste is … <ul><ul><ul><li>A major challenge </li></ul></ul></ul>
<ul><ul><ul><li>6.7 million tonnes a year. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>4.1 million tonnes is avoidable. </li></ul>...
The food we waste is … <ul><ul><ul><li>A massive opportunity </li></ul></ul></ul>
<ul><ul><ul><li>To use the good food which people put so much effort into getting to us. 4.1 million tonnes a year could b...
WRAP  The Old Academy 21 Horsefair Banbury OX16 0AH T: 0808 100 2040   www.wrap.org.uk/thefoodwewaste
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This was the presentation I gave at the launch with Joan Ruddock then Environment Minister - of the Food we Waste report in May 2008, in my old job at WRAP. It\'s full of powerful info on the impact of food waste.

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    1. 1. The food we waste Ray Georgeson Director of Policy and Evaluation London 8 May 2008
    2. 2. The study <ul><ul><ul><li>Largest of its kind ever in the UK, and probably the world. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>More than 2,000 consenting households involved. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Innovative, objective, multi-method approach: </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Survey; </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Kitchen diary; and </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Waste analysis. </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
    3. 3. The food we waste is … <ul><ul><ul><li>Staggering </li></ul></ul></ul>
    4. 4. 6.7 million tonnes a year 5.6 million tonnes a year 0.6 million tonnes a year 0.3 million tonnes a year 0.2 million tonnes a year
    5. 5. We throw away a third of the food we buy
    6. 6. The food we waste is … <ul><ul><ul><li>Mostly avoidable </li></ul></ul></ul>
    7. 9. Some key foods wasted needlessly Slices of bread 328,000 tonnes a year Meat or fish meals 161,000 tonnes a year Yoghurt & yoghurt drinks 67,000 tonnes a year Bottled water 27,000 tonnes a year Chocolate and sweets 31,000 tonnes a year Eggs 19,000 tonnes a year
    8. 10. The food we waste is … <ul><ul><ul><li>Costly </li></ul></ul></ul>
    9. 11. £10.2 billion a year £8.5 billion a year £0.9 billion a year £0.5 billion a year £0.3 billion a year
    10. 13. Some key foods wasted needlessly Meat or fish meals £602 million a year Apples £317 million a year Pizza £170 million a year Crisps £82 million a year Cakes and gateaux £36 million a year World breads £389 million a year
    11. 14. The food we waste is … <ul><ul><ul><li>Harmful to the environment </li></ul></ul></ul>
    12. 15. Food waste is responsible for the equivalent of 18 million tonnes of carbon dioxide
    13. 16. Each tonne of avoidable food waste is responsible for the equivalent of 4.5 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent
    14. 17. The food we waste is … <ul><ul><ul><li>Often untouched </li></ul></ul></ul>
    15. 18. <ul><li>Nearly a quarter of avoidable food waste is thrown away whole , unopened or untouched – nearly 1 million tonnes a year </li></ul>
    16. 19. Key foods thrown away whole and untouched Potatoes 5.1 million a day Unused teabags 520,000 a day Sausages 1.2 million a day Packets of crisps 300,000 a day Slices of bread 7 million a day Yoghurt & yoghurt drinks 1.3 million a day
    17. 20. The food we waste is … <ul><ul><ul><li>Left on our plates </li></ul></ul></ul>
    18. 21. <ul><li>We leave 1.2 million tonnes a year on our plates </li></ul>Meal leftovers 582,900 tonnes worth £1.7 billion Potato 150,000 tonnes worth £150 million Bread 93,900 tonnes worth £230 million
    19. 22. The food we waste is … <ul><ul><ul><li>Sometimes in date </li></ul></ul></ul>
    20. 23. <ul><li>At least 340,000 tonnes a year is thrown away still in date </li></ul><ul><li>Nearly 20% of that hasn’t even been opened </li></ul>
    21. 24. The food we waste is … <ul><ul><ul><li>Produced by all of us </li></ul></ul></ul>
    22. 25. Different age groups
    23. 26. Different household composition
    24. 27. Different household sizes
    25. 28. The food we waste is … <ul><ul><ul><li>Invisible to most of us </li></ul></ul></ul>
    26. 29. Even households that are adamant they waste no food at all throw away nearly 90kg a year of avoidable food waste “ Who me?”
    27. 30. The food we waste is … <ul><ul><ul><li>A major challenge </li></ul></ul></ul>
    28. 31. <ul><ul><ul><li>6.7 million tonnes a year. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>4.1 million tonnes is avoidable. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Nearly a third of the food we buy. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>1 million tonnes whole or unopened. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>1.2 million tonnes left on our plates. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>At least 340,000 tonnes in date. </li></ul></ul></ul>
    29. 32. The food we waste is … <ul><ul><ul><li>A massive opportunity </li></ul></ul></ul>
    30. 33. <ul><ul><ul><li>To use the good food which people put so much effort into getting to us. 4.1 million tonnes a year could be used. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>To save money. £10 billion a year could be saved by households and another £1 billion by local councils. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>To help tackle climate change. 18 million tonnes of CO 2 could be avoided. </li></ul></ul></ul>
    31. 34. WRAP The Old Academy 21 Horsefair Banbury OX16 0AH T: 0808 100 2040 www.wrap.org.uk/thefoodwewaste

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