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Human Hunger

Climate Change

  • If Food Waste were a country, it would be the 3rd largest emitter.
  • Global Food Waste: ~10% of global greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Project Drawdown’s “The Drawdown Review” released in 2020.
  • Project Drawdown’s Reduced Food Waste Solution.

Economic Injustice

  • Denmark’s 2,700 grocery stores.
  • Denmark’s supermarkets throw out 96 million kilograms of food waste, 12% of the nation’s total food waste.
  • 251,000 Danish citizens live in economic poverty, of whom 61,000 are children.

Animal Suffering

  • One of the “worst crimes in history”.
  • 20% of global meat production wasted.
  • Two out of every three farm animals now reared intensively.
  • 50 billion chickens, 1.5 billion pigs.
  • 545 million sheep, 444 million goats & 300 million cattle.

Global Injustice

  • Per person, industrialised nations waste much more food.
  • Annual amount of food that’s wasted across Earth is equal to four times the amount of food that could end world hunger.
  • “Feed the World“.

Biodiversity Crisis

  • One million animal & plant species threatened with extinction.
  • 68% average decline in global vertebrate species’ populations.
  • Agriculture using almost half of all the Earth’s ice-free land.
  • Deforestation of tropical forests increased by 30% in the 2010s compared to the 2000s.

Nutrients & Chemicals

  • Food System affecting planet’s key global nutrient cycles.
  • Altering soil chemistry.
  • Excessive synthetic nitrogen & phosphorus fertiliser use impacting freshwater ecosystems & creating 600 low-oxygen dead zones.
  • Current pesticide usage “a systemic problem”.
  • A “systematic underestimation of the risks” posed by pesticides when present alongside other synthetic chemicals.
  • Likely lead to decrease in insect & bird populations & the contamination of groundwater & soils.