Why Do We Waste So Much Food?

What’s the difference between food waste and food loss?

Let’s look at how food is given to people.

Why do people waste food?

  1. They buy or cook too much food. People who live in the middle class or higher often buy lots of food because well…. they can. There’s nothing to stop them and they always feel like they need more. After buying it, they tend to put more on their plate than they can eat without ever stopping to think about the consequences.
  2. Another reason that I would not have thought of at first is how people waste food because of the limited time that we have. The first reason is definitely the biggest but this plays into people's lives quite a bit. When people don’t have time, it’s very simple to throw away food because it becomes an inconvenience. A common trend we’re starting to see is because a lot of us are privileged enough to have food every day, we don’t stop to think about what would happen if we don’t. That’s the root cause behind consumers wasting food.
  3. The last one that I’ll talk about applies to both the fourth and fifth stages of the chain. It’s the idea that people don’t have enough space or room to fit the food which is why they throw it out. Again, as soon as food starts to be an inconvenience we throw it out because there is nothing telling us not to.

Why does food loss occur?

The First Stage

The Second Stage

The Third Stage

The Impact Of Food


Environmental Concerns

Closing Thoughts




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15 y/o working on ending open defecation in Nigeria + increasing the energy density of batteries.

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