FOOD WASTE: WHY IS IT A PROBLEM?
It has been estimated that one-third of all the food that is produced worldwide is wasted. That equates to 1.3 billion tons. That’s quite a lot – to attempt to put it into some sort of understandable context, it’s 200 times the weight of the Great Pyramid of Giza!
In the US alone, we throw out over 33.8 million tons of food – enough to fill the Empire State Building 91 times! Cafes and restaurants contribute a whopping 13% of this, or more than 61,000 tons of waste every single day – the equivalent of the weight of almost 10 Eiffel Towers.
Why? The reasons vary: from stringent regulation on shapes and sizes of vegetables to kilograms upon kilograms of perfectly edible restaurant food being thrown away at the end of a day’s service. Not only is it costly (for both the environment and our pockets) but it’s unnecessary and unfair. Why should we accept that it’s right to waste such vast amounts of food that we’ve worked so hard to create while people are starving around the world?
What is for certain is that we don’t have to continue like this. BuffetGO was founded on the back of a single mission: to reduce avoidable food waste by making what’s left at our partner restaurants buffet, at the end of their buffet time, available to you at massively discounted prices. The meal will be delicious as usual. In fact, the food tastes even better when you know you’re doing your bit to help save our precious planet.
Help spread the word! Careless food waste, your days are numbered. BuffetGO is coming for you.
FOOD WASTE AND CLIMATE CHANGE
The impact that food waste has on our environment is colossal and oOur planet is warming at unprecedented rates. Whilst the media focus on heavy industry and automation as the main sources of pollution, the fact that 13% of all the US greenhouse gas emissions result from the food supply chain continues to be widely ignored.
What role does wasted food play within this? Arguably the most important. When sent to landfill, rotting food releases methane, an extremely damaging greenhouse gas that in the short-term is 84 times more potent than carbon dioxide.
Methane absorbs heat much more effectively than other greenhouse gases and contributes hugely to the heating of the planet. As temperatures rise, we are putting ourselves in more and more danger: it is accepted amongst scientists that an increase of just 2 °C could have disastrous consequences that might suddenly make many areas of the world we live in uninhabitable.
By reducing the amount of food we needlessly send to landfill, we’re making a start to slowing down the increasing amounts of deadly greenhouse gas that is constantly being emitted into the atmosphere.
It’s not just methane either. If we stopped throwing away edible food, we’d save carbon dioxide emissions that would equate to taking one in five cars off the road. Subtle adaptations like this will help ensure our planet is a safe place for our future and our children’s future. We can’t do it alone. We need your help!
By ordering via BuffetGo, you’re instantly rescuing a delicious meal from landfills and transferring it to your plate.
WHAT IS FOOD POVERTY?
One billion people in the world are suffering from malnutrition. The rest of us waste around one third of all the food we produce. Where’s the sense in that?
The Food and Agriculture Organization estimate the US alone wastes 40% of its food. Yet in 2013, almost 15% of US households - that's 17.5 million households (or one in every seventh americans) - were classed as food insecure.
As more food is wasted, more people are going hungry. This must change! BuffetGo works with amazing charities and organizations that are dedicated to giving Americans better access to food. We partner with organizations which help provide emergency resources for those who need it most. We don’t think it’s right that people are going hungry when there’s more than enough to go around.
By ordering through BuffetGo, you can show your support for a fair, just and equal society. Moreover, an equal society in which access to capital doesn't dictate a person's capacity to feed themselves.
Join the revolution!