According to the World Food Program, approximately 795 million people do not have enough food to lead a healthy and active life. That is 1 out of 9 people living on the planet. Therefore, wasting food is really a horrible thing to do. But, ethics is not the only issue with food waste. There are a few more problems with food waste that we don’t always think about. The team here at EnviroChill has come up with this list of impacts that food waste has that we don’t always think about.
For businesses and individuals alike, wasting food is equal to wasting money. Whether you’re running a restaurant or a butcher shop, if you’re throwing away food, you are losing money. That’s bad news for your business.
Wasting food often means wasting labour. This means that the effort someone puts in to grow and deliver your food is partially wasted if not completely. That is bound to have a negative impact on the economy.
Similar to labour, often times a lot of resources go into preparing your food. Whether it’s plants or meat you’re talking about, an insane amount of resources and effort go into making food, and all of that is simply wasted when you throw away perfectly good food.
This is perhaps the most negative impact of food waste. According to FAO, the carbon footprint of food that’s produced but not eaten is 3.3 billion tons of greenhouse gases, which are the leading cause of global warming. Additionally, wasted food covers almost 1.4 billion hectares of land, which represents nearly 30% of the world’s agricultural land area. This land could’ve been used for anything else.
Unfortunately, a lot of food is wasted in the hospitality sector all over the world. This is largely caused by poor coldroom management and improper coldroom cleaning. EnviroChill can help you with coldroom management and coldroom cleaning. Just give us a call, our experienced Brisbane team can help you with cold room services and much more.