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Technology Trumps Food Waste in South Korea

By Brennan Hogan, Marketing Manager  //  May 29, 2015

* Content for this article was provided in part by the short film Wasted, by Karim Chrobog. Watch part 2 of the film here.

If you had to pay a fee for wasting food, would you cut back on what you throw out? South Korea bet on the answer being a resounding "yes," which is why it is now the country with the world's strictest food waste laws.

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Food Waste in Canada: Stats and Solutions

By Laurie Horning, Business Development Associate  //  January 15, 2015

Canadians represent about 0.5% of the world’s population, produce about 1.5% of the food in the world, and purchase about 0.6% of the total food produced throughout the world. Unfortunately, they also wasted over 6 million tonnes* of food in 2009, equating to roughly 183kg per person, according to Human Activity and the Environment: Annual Statistics 2009.

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Sweden: A Global Leader in Reducing “Matavfall” (Food Waste)

By Laurie Horning, Business Development Associate  //  September 26, 2014

* This post is part of an ongoing series, "Food Waste Around the Globe." To see all related posts, click here.

Sweden’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently released a report on the environmental impact of food waste, or matavfall, as it’s called there. Among the report’s topics are food waste definitions, statistics (by industry), and explanations of what’s being done to combat the issue.

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Food is “Too Good for the Bin” in Germany

By Laurie Horning, Business Development Associate  //  August 10, 2014

* This post is part of an ongoing series, "Food Waste Around the Globe." To see all related posts, click here.

The Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture in Germany states that 1/8th of all groceries get thrown in the trash and each person throws out 82kg of food each year according to a study conducted by the University of Suttgart. The reason for why there is so much food tossed each year? Analysts suggest it is simply because people are detached from where their food originally comes from; not understanding the amount of energy and resources it takes to produce food.

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Becoming the Conscious Cook: Australia's Food Waste Reduction Initiatives

By Laurie Horning, Business Development Associate  //  July 10, 2014

* This post is part of an ongoing series, "Food Waste Around the Globe." To see all related posts, click here.

Multiple actors within Australia are trying to reduce the nation’s annual food waste. According to the Food Waste Avoidance Benchmark Study 2009 conducted by the NSW Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), each household spends approximately $1,036 on wasted food, which amounts to $2.5 billion dollars within the NSW and $5 billion across Australia. This estimate means that the citizens of Australia end up throwing out more than 3 million tonnes of food each year! OzHarvest, a food charity headquartered in Sydney, measured that 3.28 million tonnes of food goes into Australian landfills each year and makes up 10% of the country’s greenhouse gas emissions. (When organic matter in a landfill starts to decompose, it releases methane gas, which is up to 25 times more potent than carbon dioxide in terms of greenhouse gas emissions.)

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