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 Sacha Koolen Dirk Jan Bonenkamp

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THE FOOD WE WASTE

  4 min

INFOGRAPHIC

If food waste were a country it would be approximately as big as Canada and India combined. 

This is 1.4 billion hectares. 28% of the world's agricultural area... 

It would be able to feed the 800 million hungry people on our planet with just a quarter of its surface.

FOOD WASTE FACTS AND FIGURES

Industrialised vs. Developing countries - overall
Industrialised vs. Developing countries - Food Chain
THE INHABITANTS OF FOOD WASTE LAND
The surface
A food wasteland
Source: FAO
Source: FAO
Source: FAO
Source: FAO
Source: FAO
TYPE FOOD LOSS (roughly)
Agricultural production
Post-harvest to distribution
Consumption
ON AVERAGE
INDUSTRIALISED
DEVELOPING
35%
45%
20%
30%
25%
35%
45%
45%
10%
Title
Industrialised
Developing

% thrown away 

% thrown away 

30 - 40%
5 - 16%
95 - 115 KG
$ 680 billion
900 KG
6 - 11 KG
$ 310 billion
460 KG
Waste per person peryear
Waste per person per year
Worth waste 
Monetary value waste
Produced per capita
Produced per capita
Wasted
Consumed
Consumed vs WASTED

300 kg

280 kg

240 kg

225 kg

210 kg

160 kg

125 kg

7,5 %

15 %

27,5 %

10 %

7,5 %

10 %

22,5 %

45%

35%

20%

30%

55%

65%

70%

80%

80%

20%

If food waste were a country it would be approximately as big as Canada and India combined. 

This is 1.4 billion hectares. 28% of the world's agricultural area... 

It would be able to feed the 800 million hungry people on our planet with just a quarter of its surface.

 Sacha Koolen Dirk Jan Bonenkamp

Consumed vs WASTED
The surfacE...
A food wasteland
Wasted
Consumed

FOODWASTE FACTS AND FIGURES

280 kg

240 kg

225 kg

210 kg

160 kg

125 kg

300 kg

THE INHABITANTS OF FOOD WASTE LAND
Source: FAO
Source: FAO

7,5 %

15 %

27,5 %

10 %

7,5 %

10 %

22,5 %

Industrialised vs. Developing countries overall
Industrialised
Developing
Produced per capita
Monetary value waste
Waste per person per year

% thrown away 

30 - 40%
95 - 115 KG
6 - 11 KG
$ 310 billion
$ 680 billion
460 KG
Source: FAO
Industrialised vs. Developing countries
Food Chain

% thrown away 

Waste per person per year
Worth waste 
Produced per capita
900 KG
5 - 16%
TYPE FOOD LOSS (roughly)
ON AVERAGE
Agricultural production
Post-harvest to distribution
Consumption
35%
45%
20%
INDUSTRIALISED
30%
25%
35%
DEVELOPING
45%
45%
10%
Agricultural production
Post-harvest to distribution
Consumption
TYPE FOOD LOSS (roughly)
Agricultural production
TYPE FOOD LOSS (roughly)
Post-harvest to distribution
Consumption
Source: FAO

North Africa + West and Central Asia

North America + Oceania

Europe.

Industrialised Asia

Latin America

Sub-saharan Africa

Sub-saharan Africa.

Sub-saharan Africa

Sub-saharan Africa.

North Africa + West and Central Asia

Latin America

Industrialised Asia

Europe.

North America + Oceania

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55%

45%

65%

35%

30%

20%

20%

70%

80%

80%