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Let's Conquer Food Waste

Last week My wife and myself and our son went to watch the excellent documentary Food Fighter about the OzHarvest Founder Ronnie Kahn. It was shocking to witness how much food waste there is in Australia and other parts of the world but at the same time extremely inspiring to see how Ronnie has dedicated her life to helping prevent food waste.

Some of the statistics and information highlighted were really shocking, like perfectly good bananas and other fruits and vegetables that get destroyed because they have slight blemishes on them and supermarkets refuse to stock them because of these blemishes. They interviewed one farmer who explained that 30% of their banana crops get destroyed because of slight blemishes on the outside. This is absolutely crazy when we have homeless people starving here in Australia and many parts of the world. You can watch the following video where I talk more in detail about some of the aspects of the film and my view on the subject;

We all need to get active and conquer this issue, support OzHarvest and also Transitions Bondi, also here are some stats directly from the OzHarvest website;

The World:

  • There is enough food produced in the world to feed everyone. [1]
  • One third of all food produced is lost or wasted –around 1.3 billion tonnes of food –costing the global economy close to $940 billion each year.[2]
  • One in nine people do not have enough food to eat, that’s 793 million people who are undernourished.[3]
  • If one quarter of the food currently lost or wasted could be saved, it would be enough to feed 870 million hungry people.[4]
  • Almost half of all fruit and vegetables produced are wasted (that’s 3.7 trillion apples). [5]
  • 8% of greenhouse gases heating the planet are caused by food waste.[6]
  • If food waste was a country, it would be the third biggest emitter of greenhouse gases after USA and China.[7]
  • Eliminating global food waste would save 4.4 million tonnes of C02 a year, the equivalent of taking one in four cars off the road. [8]
  • Throwing away one burger wastes the same amount of water as a 90-minute shower.

In Australia:

  • The Government estimates food waste costs the Australian economy $20 billion each year. [9]
  • Over 5 million tonnes of food ends up as landfill, enough to fill 9,000 Olympic sized swimming pools.[10]
  • One in five shopping bags end up in the bin = $3,800 worth of groceries per household each year.[11]
  • 35% of the average household bin is food waste. [12]
  • Nearly four million people experience food insecurity each year, one quarter are children.[14]
  • Over 710,000 people rely on food relief each month, one quarter are children.[14]
  • Regional and remote communities are being hit the hardest and are a third more likely to experience food insecurity than those living in capital cities.[14]

At Plant Based Life we are committed to working alongside any Company dedicated to eradicating food waste.

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John Cawley

John Cawley

John Cawley is the founder of Plant Based Life. John is a Personal Trainer that believes every weakness can be turned into a strength and is passionate about instilling this belief with all clients. John has a lot of experience in helping clients who have had injuries, and is dedicated to helping everyone keep moving and leading a healthy lifestyle, with a big focus on movement, mobility and functional training.