About 40 percent of the food produced worldwide, or around 2.5 billion tons, is never eaten, according to WWF Switzerland. Mathematically, this means that all food produced between January 1, 2022 and Thursday was thrown away. In Switzerland, 330 kilograms of food are wasted per person per year.
According to the WWF, the reasons are, among other things, vegetables or fruit that have not been grown in accordance with the norm, the sorting out of very ripe goods or the visual demands of consumers.
Specifically, an estimated 1.2 billion tons of edible food would be thrown away before, during and after the harvest, wrote the environmental organization based in Gland VD. 1.3 billion tons are involved in processing, transport and end consumption.
“It shouldn’t be the case that we don’t eat impeccable food just because of its appearance,” Mariella Meyer from WWF Switzerland was quoted as saying in the statement. “In order to curb food waste, we have to start at all levels of the value chain – from the field to the plate”. Households also throw away what no longer looks fresh, but is safe to enjoy.
In April 2022, the federal government published an action plan against food waste. It was signed by 28 companies.