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What is food waste?

In short, food waste is something that was produced to be eaten but which, for various reasons, is not eaten. To be able to locate how it occurs, the waste can be divided into three different categories.

Where does the loss occur?

Most food waste occurs in our own homes. The latest statistics from the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency indicate that as much as 70% of total waste occurs in the household. Food waste in stores is also a big problem. According to the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency, grocery stores account for 8% of Sweden's total food waste. Globally, a full 1/3 of all food produced is thrown away, and in Sweden, a whopping 1.3 million tonnes of food waste was thrown away in 2018.

Why does it occur?

In today's society, the availability of food and raw materials is greater than ever. Restaurants and grocery stores meet the increasing needs of the consumer, which results in more food being produced. This ultimately leads to more and more food being thrown away. We have lost respect for food, which makes it easier to throw it away.

According to us at Generation Waste, it's about regaining respect for our food and our raw materials, understanding the work behind the creation of food, and, above all, understanding how food waste affects our climate. Only then can we achieve a change.

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