Category Archives: Stats

Visualizing Food Waste VII

This may set the record for the longest infographic ever, but it covers plenty of ground! Not sure I’d characterize food waste as a plague, but I’m a traditionalist with that word (Bubonic, locusts, etc.) Overall, it makes for neat viewing. The most eye-opening stat: The average supermarket tosses $2,000 of goods past their “sell-by” [...]

February 20, 2014 | Also posted in Infographic, Supermarket | Comments closed

Visualizing Australian Food Waste

Apparently, infographic month continues here at Wasted Food, this time for Australia. My favorite stat from Foodwise: Australia’s annual food waste would fill enough trash trucks to stretch from Oz to New Zealand three times! (I will refrain from making a lame Outback Steakhouse joke here.)

December 19, 2013 | Also posted in General, Infographic, International | Comments closed

Lovin’ It

When I was first doing the calculations about the volume of food America wasted every day–the stuff that would eventually become the first sentence of my book–I couldn’t imagine that that Rose Bowl image would end up in one of those cool whiteboard animation projects. Well, it has: More importantly, the video highlights the wonderful work [...]

December 16, 2013 | Also posted in Food Recovery, Hunger | Comments closed

Visualizing Food Waste XXIV

I sure love me some infographics. This one, created by the Debt Advisory Centre mostly depicts UK data, with some global facts sprinkled throughout. A few quick points: Roughly speaking, tonnes = tons  (1 tonne = 1.10 tons) I like how it emphasizes the magnitude of waste stemming from date labels and taking too much. The [...]

December 11, 2013 | Posted in Stats | Comments closed

Coming Attractions: Food Waste Protocol

The World Resources Institute just announced plans to create a Global Food Loss and Waste Measurement Protocol. Not since 1984 and Goldie Hawn’s glory days have I been so excited about the word ‘protocol.’ WRI, a DC-based think tank, is creating this set of guidelines to help countries and companies measure and monitor food waste/loss. The GFLWP, [...]

October 24, 2013 | Also posted in Environment, International | Comments closed

Visualizing Food Waste’s Footprint

Courtesy of the UN FAO, here’s a nice overview of the environmental footprint of food wastage*: * Note–’Wastage’ includes both waste and loss. All the food produced but not eaten, globally.

September 26, 2013 | Also posted in Environment, International | Comments closed

Visualizing Food Waste

I do love infographics…and this is a great one! Nice work, Sustainable America.

September 20, 2013 | Posted in Stats | Comments closed

Food Waste is World’s Third-Largest Carbon Emitter

Global food wastage accounts for more greenhouse gas emissions than any country except the US and China. For those who speak climate change, that’s 3.3 Gigatonnes of CO2 equivalent. That finding and many, many more are part of the long-anticipated UN FAO study Food Wastage Footprint (here’s the full study PDF). It’s particularly exciting for me [...]

September 12, 2013 | Also posted in Environment, International | Comments closed

Messaging on Food Waste Messaging

UK research group WRAP has released some incredibly useful research for cities and towns hoping to both reduce and recycle food waste, those that have implemented food waste collection already and those that plan to do so. You can see the full report here or view the easily-digested, data-heavy slides. The study stemmed from this problem: implementing composting [...]

August 28, 2013 | Also posted in Composting, International, Waste Stream | Comments closed

Images on Excess

I’m a big fan of infographics, and adding moving (info)graphics does nothing to diminish the impact of this one, made by visual.ly:

July 30, 2013 | Also posted in General | Comments closed
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