The Food Waste Problem in Australia — Enter Bring Me Home
Food waste in Australia is significant. Estimates indicate that, on average, Australia produces enough fresh food to feed 60 million people daily. However, it wastes over 4 million tonnes of food fit for human consumption every year. Over half this amount is in the commercial and industrial sector. On average, this translates to 1 in 5 meals being thrown out by the retailer due to being unsold. The cost of this problem has been estimated to be over $20 billion.
“A huge amount of focus is put on the food waste generated by consumers, but supermarket practices are a considerable factor in the generation of avoidable food waste… More pressure needs to be put on the supermarkets to change their practices, and reduce the amount of edible food needlessly going to waste.” — FoodisWasted.
Food waste has significant implications that directly impact society on a number of levels. It has direct impacts on the environment and contributes to climate change; wastes economic capital and the finite resources used in food production; and, finally, it increases global food insecurity. According to the CSIRO, water usage for food production in Australia is particularly high and unwisely managed. Future Directions states it also creates methane gas, a dangerous greenhouse gas with implications for climate change.
Meanwhile, many students and young adults across the major cities are struggling with time and money constraints in an increasingly technological and fast-paced Australia. This is where Bring Me Home steps in. Having designed an efficient and easy-to-use app that directly combats food wastage along with this problem, things look to be on the up. The discount feature of the app creates new opportunity to solve this problem in a sustainable way. The app works by allowing food retailers to place excess meals on the app, where customers can see these meals on a map or list view and then purchase them at a significant discount. It also allows for a bonus donation to food waste charities OzHarvest and SecondBite. For more information on the app and how to use it please refer here.
We work towards the vision of this app and the broader Bring Me Home movement being one small but important step in the direction of a more food-sustainable Australia.
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Bring Me Home | Eat well, save money, fight food waste | Australia | The Food Waste Problem The app that lets you buy cheap quality excess food which would otherwise be binned. Launching in August, Melbourne.www.bringmehome.com.au
Tristan Pokornyi is a sustainability-minded aspiring writer and startup marketer with a passion for photography and travel.