The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations estimates that each year, approximately one-third of all food produced for human consumption in the world is lost or wasted at a cost of $990bn.
With up to 50% being lost in the post-production phases there is a huge environmental impact when one considers the natural resources expended to process, transport, store and cook it.
Furthermore the production of methane from food in landfill is a major contributor to Global warming.
To me, it’s sort of funny that wasting food is not taboo. It’s one of the last environmental ills that you can just get away with.
– Jonathan Bloom @WastedFood
The waste and recycling advisory body Wrap estimates that UK households generated 7.3m tonnes of food waste in 2015. 4.4m tonnes was deemed to be “avoidable” waste that was edible at some point.
There is global wide recognition of the major environmental implications of food production, AMD intends to contribute to the solution with the development of nano-material based time temperature indicators in food packaging.