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