Food for Thought: Food Waste

When 11 Feb, 2020 5:30pm — 7:00pm Where The Shine Dome, Gordon Street, Acton Website http://www.science.org.au/news-and-events/events/food-thought-food-waste
Food waste occurs across the entire food supply chain from production on the farm, to consumption by customers.

Food waste costs families: between $2,200 and $3,800 a year – one in five shopping bags you purchase ends up in the bin.

It costs Australia: 7.3 million tonnes of food is wasted every year and nearly four million tonnes of food is sent to landfill, at an estimated loss of $20 billion to the Australian economy each year.

Food waste costs the hungry: five million Australians experienced food insecurity last year, according to Foodbank’s 2019 Hunger Report. Reducing food waste can help to get safe, healthy food to those that need it most.

And it also costs the Earth: if global food waste were a country, it would consume 32 per cent of global food supply by weight (at a cost of $1.8 trillion), 25 per cent of all water used in agriculture, 23 per cent of all the fertiliser used on Earth, and 1 in 4 of all food calories available on the planet. It would also be the third biggest emitter of greenhouse gases after China and the USA (8 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions); and utilise a crop land area the size of China.

Join us to explore the world of waste—minus the bad smells. We will get a whiff of the solutions that scientists are cooking up to address our perished produce problem
For more information about this event, call 0488044186 or visit http://www.science.org.au/news-and-events/events/food-thought-food-waste

How to get there

15 Gordon St, Acton ACT 2601, Australia