Surplus Story

Did you know that one-third of all food is wasted? That’s 1.3 billion tonnes wasted globally every year. Food production is the single biggest impact that humanity has had on the environment as it uses huge amounts of land, fuel and energy. We’re literally trashing the planet to produce food that no-one eats.

 

In the USA, bread is top of the list of our most wasted household food items. But bread isn’t only discarded in our homes: bakeries and retailers dispose of loaves that are day-old because we’ve come to expect abundant supplies of fresh bread.

To fix this situation, we need to follow the food waste hierarchy. It begins with reducing overproduction and then redistributing surplus to food charities. If food isn’t suitable for human consumption, it should be fed to animals. As a last resort in can be used for composting or anaerobic digestion, but these are inefficient conversions of the resources used to produce food.

 

We never take bread that could instead feed people via one of the many brilliant organisations that receive and use, or otherwise help with, donations of surplus food.