Companies and Markets
Call us on +44 (0) 203 086 8600
Market Research A to Z | Company Profiles A to Z | RegisterRegister | Contact UsContact Us | Shopping Basket Shopping Basket
+44 (0) 203 086 8600 Call us on

Global food wastage market throwing away over 2 billion tonnes

Industry Sector

Food and Drink


10 January 2013


Matt Bodimeade

Type of News


A recent report has claimed that as much as half of all the food produced in the world - two billion tonnes worth - ends up being thrown away.

The Institution of Mechanical Engineers said, inefficient farming practices, overly strict sell-by dates, buy-one-get-one free offers and shoppers demanding perfectly shaped vegetables all contribute to as much as 2 billion tonnes of food never reaching the meal table.

In Britain, families throw away 7million tonnes of food, valued at more than £10billion, every year.
It includes 17billion portions of fruit and vegetables as supermarket offers tempt us to purchase in bulk.

However, almost a third of vegetable crops are not harvested because they are misshapen and shops would refuse to sell them.

The report said that between 30% and 50% of the four billion tonnes of food produced around the world each year went to waste.It suggested that half the food bought in Europe and the US was thrown away.

In India, 21 million tonnes of wheat is wasted annually because of harvesting done by hand, leaky and unsanitary warehouses and outdated distribution systems.

Across parts of sub-Saharan Africa and south-east Asia, bruising, mould, water damage, birds, insects and rodents all destroy large quantities of food.Food wastage

In some south-east Asian countries, losses of rice are as high as 80 per cent. Up to 550billion cubic metres of water is wasted in the process of growing produce that never reaches our shopping baskets.

Vast quantities of water are also wasted in global food production, the report claimed. Approximately 550 billion cubic metres of water is used to grow crops that never reach the consumer. Producing one kilogram of meat is also said to take 20 to 50 times more water than producing the same weight of vegetables.

The demand for water in food production could reach 10 to 13 trillion cubic metres a year by 2050, the institution said. This is up to 3.5 times greater than the total amount of fresh water used by humans today, raising the spectre of dangerous water shortages.

The United Nations predicts there will be an extra three billion mouths to feed by 2075 as the global population swells to 9.5 billion.

As water, land and energy resources come under increasing pressure from competing human demands, engineers have a crucial role to play in preventing food loss and waste by developing more efficient ways of growing, transporting and storing foods.

For more information on the global food wastage market, see the latest research: Food Wastage Market

Follow us on Twitter @CandMResearch

Visitor Comments

All posts are pre-moderated and must obey the house rules.

Change Currency


Change Currency


Use our research skills: Get free support

Free Research Support: Let us do the work for you and find information from public and private sources of information. Contact us now and we can save you time and money.......Free Research Support

Can't find the exact research required: We can provide you with cost-effective research on any industry or topic

Use our skills and global network of researchers and consultants to help find and source the business information you need.

Contact us now on 00 44 (0) 203 0868600 or "enquiries @" to discuss you requirements and we can provide you with a research solution at suprisingly efficient rates and timelines.

Sometimes we can even find the information you require for free.

Find all the research at the best prices. Great promotions being offered during October!

We are offering our clients substantial savings on the best research available during October. Please contact us either via email or by calling our team to discuss your specific research needs on Tel: 00 44 (0) 203 0868600.


Contrast settings

Text size settings