How we can reduce food waste

Each year an estimated 1.3 billion tonnes of food gets wasted across the globe – roughly a third of what is produced and equating to 24% of all calories that is produced for human consumption, according to a report by United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Resources Institute (WRI).

If you had to visualise how big 1.3bn tonnes of food is, picture a mountain that is 3.2 kilometres wide and 8,000 feet high – that is a staggering amount of food.

There are five main areas in the food value chain where food gets lost or wasted – learn more about this and about food waste in this visual guide from The Guardian.

You can also learn more about reducing food loss and food waste in the report from UNEP and the WRI.