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LONDON FOOD WASTE "BIG PROBLEM"

 

A third of the food London buys ends up in the bin. 

Every day in the capital we throw away: 

176,000 bananas. Put end to end that stretches 22 miles, the length of the jubilee line. 

560,000 potatoes. That would fill St Paul's Cathedral twice

750,000 slices of bread. Stacked up, that's over 30 times the height of the Gherkin. 

1,450,000 grapes. Enough to fill the House of Commons twice

400,000 untouched apples. Enough for 28,571 litres of apple juice 

73,000 whole eggs. Enough to make an omelette for everybody in Romford.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/programmes/politics_show/regions/london/8359443.stm

 

Each year 1.3bn tonnes of food, about a third of all that is produced, is wasted, including about 45% of all fruit and vegetables, 35% of fish and seafood, 30% of cereals, 20% of dairy products and 20% of meat. Meanwhile, 795 million people suffer from severe hunger and malnutrition.

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/aug/12/cutting-food-waste-enough-for-everyone-says-un

 

These are the examples of statistics which show that food waste in this country is a serious issue, and even more so globally. This research is useful for my projects as it portrays that something has to be done about this issue, which is what I want to show/talk about in my project.

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