Causes and Effects – Food Waste

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Causes and Effects


Food is wasted by the entire food chain: farmers, retailers, food industries, caterers and by consumers.

People buy too much food, for them to eat. They do not plan the exact amount of food they want to cook or eat. People just buy whatever amount the shop offers the product in.

Farmers and food manufacturings waste food by overproduction. They produce too much food for us to buy in the time, in which they are not drained.

Storage is a big problem as well. If food would be storaged probable, food waste would decrease because many people do not know where to storage their food and which place is the best for the food to hold the longest.


  • Food waste leads to wasteful use of chemicals like fertilizers and pesticides, more fuel used for transportation, more rotting food.

  • We are also creating more methane, which is one of the most harmful greenhouse gases that contributes to the climate change.

  • With the large amount of food going to landfills, we make a big contribution to global warming.

  • Every year, consumers in rich countries waste almost as much food (222 million tones) as the entire net food production of sub-Saharan Africa (230 million tones).

  • Consumers in rich countries waste 222 million tones of food every year, which is almost as much as the entire net food production of sub-Saharan Africa, which is an amount of 230 million tones.


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