Roughly one third of the food produced in the world for human consumption every year — approximately 1.3 billion tonnes — gets lost or wasted. Food losses and waste amounts to roughly US$ 680 billion in industrialized countries and US$ 310 billion in developing countries.
Every year, consumers in rich countries waste almost as much food (222 million tons) as the entire net food production of sub-Saharan Africa (230 million tons).
The food currently lost or wasted in Latin America could feed 300 million people.
The food currently wasted in Europe could feed 200 million people.
The food currently lost in Africa could feed 300 million people.
Among the Nordics, Swedes tend to waste the largest amount of food – 9 out of 10 people waste food on a regular basis.
Consumers in Finland are the least wasteful – only 6.5 percent state that they throw away food on a regular basis.
Food waste derives from a number of factors, one including faulty storage and preservation of food and groceries.
At retail level, large quantities of food are wasted due to quality standards that over-emphasize appearance.
Siemens Home's studies show 4 out of 10 people believe the best temperature for their refrigerator to be 6 degrees celsius or higher. According to the Swedish Food Administration, the accurate temperature however lies between 4 to 5 degrees celsius.