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Food wasting impacts


One of the biggest issues in the world is food wasting, food wasting is a big problem that is effecting our environment.


The ABC recorded in 2009-2010 every year countries like America and the UK have wasted 2.3 billion tonnes of food.


The loss of food and the waste of food is major effect on lots of our resources.  Water, land, energy and labour.  It also produces greenhouse gas emissions, increasing global warming and climbing change.


In America 30% of all food, 48.3 billion dollars is thrown away each year and it is estimated around about half of the water used to produce food such as growing crops, also goes to waste.

Households in the UK waste around 6.7 million tonnes of food every year.  Around 21.7 million tonnes of food purchased.  About one third 32% of food purchased a year is thrown away.

also organic waste is one of the highest components of landfill, this is the source of the worlds largest methane emission.


The ABC environment research has stated that bananas are the main issue when it comes to food wasting.  Half of the bananas grown in Australia are wasted/ thrown away.  During 2012-2013 Australian’s spent around $136 billion dollars on food for home.  If you include Australian cafes and restaurants the total amount of money spent will be $158 billion dollars of food.  Just Australians are throwing out 4 million tonnes of food a year.

That’s enough to fill 450 million garbage trucks.

Love them or hate them, bananas are a fruit staple in Australia and around the world. Their rapid ripening process will often mean they’re the last thing left in the fruit bowl, where they soften, brown and lose their bright yellow appeal.


While not so tempting to eat by themselves, over-ripe bananas are ideal for cooking and with a little thought, need not end up in the compost or garbage bin.


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Store bananas at room temperature. Bananas ripen because of a natural gas they release called Ethylene. By controlling how much Ethylene bananas are exposed to, you can speed up or slow down your bananas ripening process depending on when you want to eat them. In Australia they are grown in the rain forest of Queensland. But most the bananas are imported to Australia.


Bananas are produced by, The time when bananas are planted there will be about nine to twelve months until the banana is able to be harvest.  The bananas don’t have a growing season. the bananas need be grown in tropical regions with temperatures around 80 F.


Some ways we could help prevent food wasting we could: stop wasting food and start to recycle it, or people could start to finish off their food, and stop throwing things away just because they do not enjoy it. If people just ate or recycled the end of the banana it would make a big difference. Bread is another food that is wasted. When it goes out of date and becomes stale, People just throw it away when they can put it in the compost. If people start using compost and stop throwing food in the bin, this would also help. Compost is a great way of recycling food, if we had multiple composts in every persons house imagine the difference it would make.