Food Waste Findings | 2019 Financial Health Barometer
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Dont be a waster

Aussies are still wasting food

Food waste is a growing concern in Australia. The total annual spend on food waste has hit a whopping $10.1 billion dollars! This is up from $8.9 billion in 2018. In addition to the negative impact it’s having on our back pocket, our food waste behaviours are also hurting our planet.

At Rabobank, we want to help you waste less and save more, so we are committed to educating and empowering Aussies to not only reduce their household waste but understand how food gets from farm to fork.

Our Food Waste Infographic shows the impact of food waste on the environment and households and how Aussies can make simple changes towards growing a better world together.


The findings

The Global Picture

The Global Picture

The world’s population is expected to exceed 9 billion by 2050, there will be nearly 5 million new mouths to feed each month. With limited resources like land and water, one of the biggest challenges of this century is how we provide better food to more people.

Today, Australia holds the title of fourth highest food waster in the world. We need a call to action across governments, industry, retailers, and consumers to radically drive change. It’s up to all of us to act now and work together against this crisis.

The Australian picture

What’s the cost?

Our Food Waste report shows that Aussies are wasting 13 per cent of their weekly grocery shop, costing the average Australian household $1,026 a year. Throwing away scraps and food that’s gone off here and there might seem harmless, however it’s hurting your back pocket as well as our planet. Food waste going into landfill decomposes anaerobically producing methane, a greenhouse gas 25 times stronger than carbon dioxide.

We need to change our daily food waste habits, and luckily that’s easy enough. Read on to find out how you can make a difference.

Interesting ways to reduce waste

How you can make a difference

We don’t need to give up the things we like, dinner out with mates or take away on Friday night. We just need to plan for these things to avoid purchasing more than we need at the supermarket.

Here’s some simple things you can do today to make a big change for everyone’s tomorrow:

  1. Plan your meals for the week, including when you’ll be eating out or ordering take away.
  2. Always shop with a list to ensure you don’t buy things you don’t need.
  3. Grow your own, it's surprisingly easy to do from scraps.
  4. Get creative with imperfect fruit and veggies, like Austchilli who turn avocados with skin markings that supermarkets won’t take, into a yummy spread.
  5. Quick pickling vegetables is a great way to make use of produce that is getting over ripe and also to make use of the ends (offcuts).

Wasting our planet

Stop wasting our planet!

If you’re not yet a food waste reduction advocate, here’s four more reasons to convert today:

  1. If food waste were a country it would be the 3rd largest greenhouse gas emitter.
  2. It takes 250km3 (that’s cubic kilometres) of water to grow just the food that is being wasted, that’s 500 times the capacity of Sydney Harbour every year.
  3. Six soccer fields are deforested every minute to grow food that is being put in the bin.
  4. This rate of land clearance is putting 28,000 animal species at risk of extinction within the next 25 years.

Knowing what effect food waste is having on our planet, we need to come together as a community to make a big change. What changes will YOU make?

2019 Food Waste Report Launch


Curious about previous Food Waste findings?


The Financial Health Barometer is an annual survey of Australian’s attitudes and behaviours towards saving, debt, farming, food production and food waste. The survey, now in its ninth year, polls over 2,300 financial decision makers aged between 18 and 65. Results are weighted by gender, age and location according to statistics from the Australian Bureau of Statistics.  The 2019 Rabobank Food Waste Report highlights our latest research on food waste, covering consumer trends, habits, concerns and action.



Food Sustainability Index (2018), National Geographic *298kg per person across the food supply & consumption chain | Overview of Greenhouse Gases (2017), United States Environmental Protection Agency | | | | | |

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