Food Waste Means Water Waste

Water flowing

Did you know that more than a third of all the food that is produced on our planet doesn’t manage to reach any consumer’s table? Every year on our planet, while 805 million people suffer from malnutrition, 1.3 billion of food is wasted at a production, retail, and consumer level.

Now, you are probably thinking that throwing edible food away is immoral and a huge waste of money. That’s undeniable and we at Froodly we totally agree with that. Nonetheless, the ethical and financial aspects of this phenomenon represent only half of the food waste consequences: indeed, whenever we are dumping some food in a trash bin, we are also squandering all the resources (natural and non-natural) that went into producing it.

Today we want to focus on an extremely precious natural resource, water.

Water plays a major role in food production and, as a result, food waste translates into a huge amount of water wastage.

Have you ever heard about “water foodprint”? That is the direct and indirect water that goes into producing a certain food. So for instance, the water footprint of beef includes the water that’s used to grow the animal’s feed as well as the drinking water for the animal. In general, more water is used in the production of meat and dairy products than vegetables.

The massive amount of water that is needed to produce the food we eat will probably surprise you:

  • 2,500 liters of water are needed to produce a single burger
  • 650 liters of water are needed to produce one chicken breast
  • 135 liters of water are needed to produce one single egg
  • 12 liters of water are needed to grow one tomato

Wasting food means wasting a heck of a lot of water.

Luckily, each one of us can play an important role in reducing food and water wastage.


By simply following these tips during your everyday life:

  1. Be a smart shopper: plan your meals and bring your leftovers home from restaurants
  2. Be patient: take care of your fridge, keep it clean
  3. Be careful: serve small amounts of food
  4. Be creative: use your leftovers

Start loving your food now, you will save a great amount of water making our planet happier!

Stay tuned for more interesting facts about food waste!

Alice Moretti


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