South Africa's Food Loss and Food Waste
- About 30% of local agricultural production in South Africa is wasted each year, which is equivalent to an estimated R60bn a year or about 2% of GDP.
- South Africa generates an estimated 12.6 million tonnes of food loss and waste per annum (a third of the food available).
- Its estimated that every tonne of edible surplus food could make an estimated 4,000 meals.
- In a country where 30% of households are at risk of hunger, 31% experience hunger (approximately 7.4 million people) and with 13 million children living in poverty this is clearly unsustainable.
Sustainability vs ESG – what's the difference?
ESG in the context of our planetary boundaries
Scientists note nine planetary boundaries beyond which we can't push Earth Systems without putting our societies at risk:
1) climate change,
2) biodiversity loss,
3) ocean acidification,
4) ozone depletion,
5) atmospheric aerosol pollution,
7) biogeochemical flows of nitrogen and phosphorus,
8) land-system change; and
9) release of novel chemicals.
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