Waste, it’s persistent,
but we will
overcome it!

One third of what we produce is produced…
for nothing.


  • 10 million tons of food waste
  • 1/3 of food products on the planet are thrown away without being eaten
  • 20 to 30 kg of food are thrown out per person per year in France, of which 7 kg is still packaged.


  • 630 million euros of new products are destroyed each year
  • Companies are searching for innovative solutions to reduce waste

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In other words, one third of the energy and resources necessary to produce, transport and distribute our food is thrown in the trash! Waste is an environmental, social and economic absurdity:

An ecological and environmental absurdity

If food waste was a country, it would be the third biggest emitter of greenhouse gases. The production of food is the biggest source of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere today.
As a consequence, each time we throw out food, CO2 has been emitted into the atmosphere for nothing. Waste is therefore an important obstacle in the fight against global warming.

Social consequences

The amount of food thrown away in France could feed 10 million people. That’s more than the number of people in need in France, 8.8 million.

Economic impacts

Waste costs more each year than the social security budget. The Agency for the Environment and Energy Management (ADEME) estimates that food waste costs 16 billion euros each year.

Ecological and social

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From field
to plate

Food waste is a problem that concerns every link in the food chain: from producer to distributor to consumer.

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Wasted products
around the world

More than half of products thrown away are damaged or irregularly sized fruits and vegetables. These percentages vary by geographic zone and activity sector.

Harmful impacts on the planet:
350 km3
of water wasted
1.3 billion
tons of food
thrown away
1.4 million
million hectares of
wasted earth
3.3 billion
tons of CO2
each year

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The costs of waste
the world

Waste has an economic, environmental and social cost. The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) estimates that the direct economic cost of lost or wasted products amounts to 900 billion euros per year. If we add in the environmental and social cost, that number rises to 2,340 billion euros.

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The main causes of waste

There are many causes of food waste:

  • Short sell-by, best-by and use-by dates
  • Storage
  • Transportation
  • Minor flaws and aesthetic criteria
  • Food loss linked to preparation
  • Forgotten in the fridge
  • Poor planning and ordering errors
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Recent studies

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