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Saudi Arabia number one in wasting food worldwide

  • Published at 04:26 pm June 12th, 2018
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A large portion of food leftovers are wasted in dinner parties, weddings, restaurants, and hotel buffetsCollected

Each year around 8.3 million tons of food is wasted in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia ranks number one in the world in wasting food, according to a report by the country’s Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture.

The report revealed that around 30% of food produced is wasted amounting to over SR49 billion annually.

The average Saudi wastes 250kg of food annually compared to the global average of 115kg.

A large portion of food leftovers are wasted in dinner parties, weddings, restaurants, and hotel buffets.

Saudi Arabia has the highest consumption of grains in the world where the average citizen consumes 158kg annually compared to the global average of 145kg per person.

Around 33 million people live in Saudi Arabia; with an average wastage of 250kg per head, the country wastes about 8.3 million tons of food every year. 

The Saudi government plans to review a proposal of a law to combat food waste and squandering.

The law would comprise penalties on individuals and organizations with regards to food waste, such as enforcing a fee on restaurant goers who leave unfinished plates.

Currently, there is no similar law in place that fines individuals on food waste.