Do Something Positive for the Environment
Food banking has two interrelated virtues: it feeds people and helps protect our environment … our land, our sea, our sky.
- Approximately one-third of all food produced for human consumption is wasted. That’s 1.3 billion tons of food each year that could be used to feed hungry people.
- There are many reasons that this happens including failure to harvest, post-harvest loss, over-production, marketing and other business decisions among many others.
- Food banks source this nutritious, perfectly edible food that is unsalable for one reason or another and redistribute it to feed hungry people.
- Without this intervention, much of this food – from agricultural fields, manufacturers, retailers, restaurants, hotels and other sources – would end up in landfills.
- Food discarded in landfills begins to produce methane gas, a greenhouse gas with over 20 times the heat-trapping capacity of carbon dioxide. Greenhouse gas damages our water supply, land, air … and ultimately harms this and future generations.
The Global FoodBanking Network (GFN) fights hunger and protects the environment by creating, supporting and strengthening food banks around the world, in countries outside the US. Last year more than one billion pounds of food were distributed by food banks in the GFN network. That’s more than one billion pounds of food that did not go to landfill.
Waste Less. Feed More. Protect our Environment
At The Global FoodBanking Network (GFN), we hunger to make the world a better place through food banking. GFN is a global non-profit organization committed to creating, supporting and strengthening food banks and food bank networks throughout the world, in countries outside the US.
Infographic: How Food Banks Feed the World & Protect the Environment
GFN on the Environment
- Working Locally to Fight the Enormity of World Hunger (Citizen IBM)
- Global Activist: The Global FoodBanking Network (WBEZ)
- GFN at the UN Global Compact Leaders Summit 2013
- GFN on the Issue of Food Waste and Food Banks
Resources & Links
- Speech by UNEP Director of Communication at SAVE FOOD Congress
- World Environment Day 2014
- FAO SAVE FOOD Initiative Website
- SAVE FOOD Key Findings
- World Resource Institute – 10 Ways to Cut Global Food Loss and Food Waste
How can you help prevent food waste?
Adopt a waste-less mindset and make changes to help reduce the amount of food you waste. Here are some examples:
- Buy only what you need
- Don’t buy large quantities of food if you don’t have time to consume it. For instance, buy loose fruits and vegetables rather than prepackaged so you can choose how much you need, and choose smaller bags as much as possible.
- Buy ugly fruits and vegetables.
- Keep a healthy fridge.
- Food needs to be stored at the right temperature – 1 to 5C – to remain fresh and achieve maximum longevity.
- Properly pack fruits and vegetables to keep them fresh in the fridge.
- Don’t throw good food away!
- If a fruit is overripe, make a pie, smoothie, cake or a jelly with it.
- Freeze leftovers.
- Learn to understand the sell-by and best-before dates.
- These are often manufacturers’ suggestions for peak quality and not strict indicators of whether a food is still safe for consumption.
For more detail and other ways to help prevent food waste, download the Food Wastage Toolkit from the SAVE FOOD Initiative