Over 1.3 billion tons of food is wasted worldwide every year! Not all of this waste comes from our homes and plates though. Food is lost or wasted at every step of the food supply chain, from production to distribution to consumption.
All in all, approximately 1/3 of all food produced globally for human consumption is discarded at some point during the process. But it’s not all bad news. This waste could actually be a productive source of energy, according to research collected by RWL Water Group.
Waste materials from milk, sugar, and rice production, for example, can be converted into biofuels, which can replace or be combined with petroleum-based fuels.
This infographic explores the waste-to-energy potential across the food industry. Turning food waste into a source of fuel sounds like a much better plan than dumping it in a landfill. Doesn’t it?