While millions of people across the globe are starving, most countries have been wasting food in excess. According to the reports, roughly one-third of food goes uneaten 795 million people are hungry across the world.
Every year, wealthy countries waste almost as much food as sub-Saharan Africa produces. Food waste in Europe alone could feed 200 million hungry people — roughly the population of Brazil.
Food wastage being bad for the environment, and also extremely expensive and becoming socially unacceptable. To tackle this issue across the entire supply chain, governments around the world are setting targets, implementing new policies, and creating campaigns aimed at reducing food waste.
South Korea has proved that government policies can make a huge difference. Once among Asia’s biggest food wasters, South Korea has managed to reduce food waste by amounts that most other parts of the world can only dream of accomplishing at the moment.
In Seoul alone, the volume of waste has decreased by 10% (more than 300 tonnes per day) in comparison to four years ago. The results started to appear in 2013 when a new policy was implemented in Seoul that made households pay for recycling according to how much food they throw out. This policy has now been rolled out in 16 additional Korean cities.
South Korea has managed to increase food waste recycling levels from 2 percent to 95 percent.