If you add roots, tuber crops, oilseeds, and legumes in this calculation, it represents more than 60% of all global wastage.
First of all, it is important to underline the fact that EU households throw away more than 17 billion kg of fresh fruit and vegetables every year.
Therefore, this corresponds to 35.3 kg of fruit and vegetables per person annually, of which 14.2 kg could have been avoided.
To give an example, an average of 29% of all fresh fruit and vegetables bought by households are thrown away in the EU. (De Laurentiis et al., 2018)
According to research, 50 million tonnes of fruit and vegetables are grown in Europe are discarded due to their size or shape. So, this means that a third of the harvested products do not reach the store shelf (The University of Edinburgh, 2018)
Moreover, up to two-fifths of all cultivated fruits and vegetables are discarded because they are “ugly” (The Guardian, 2013)