Malaysian food facts that matter


  • Food News
  • Monday, 16 Oct 2017

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Malaysians generate 38,000 tonnes of waste per day.

• Of this, around 15,000 tonnes is food waste.

• Of this, 8000 tonnes – or about 60% – is avoidable food waste.

• And of the 8,000 tonnes, 3,000 tonnes is still edible.

• The 3,000 tonnes of food could have fed 2 million people – in other words, all the people of Kuala Lumpur.

• The average weight of our meal is 450g.

• A quarter of an average Malaysian’s income is spent on food and beverages.

• A household of 5 people spends an average of RM900 on food.

• With 1/4 of food wasted during preparation, production and consumption, RM225 goes into the bin every month, or RM2,700 a year – or more than 1 month’s pay to the urban worker earning the mean monthly wage of RM2,400.

• Malaysia’s food import bill is between RM35 billion and RM40 billion.

• Diverting food waste from landfills will not only conserve limited landfill space, but also help to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Food for thought:

A bunch of harvested bananas that falls off a truck is considered food loss. Food left to spoil, left uneaten, or discarded, is food waste.

“Food waste is about attitude and mindset, while food loss is more about technology,” says Dr Ainu Husna Suhaimi, head secretariat of the MYSaveFood Initiative.

“Everyone can do our own bit to stop food waste.”

To read about why World Food Day is important, click here.

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