Interesting Facts and Statistics about Food Consumption
Food production is responsible for 74% of global annual deforestation, with 24 million acres cleared of trees every year to grow food although the food industry already produces enough to feed the world's population.
33% of the global seafood catch and the same proportion of grain output become livestock feed.
Austria has the world's second-highest calorie consumption per person, but only 9% of its population is obese due to better food quality.
The EU and North America are the world's top dairy consumers, each with about 270 kg of milk equivalent per person.
Asia and South America are the world's leading producers of sugar (40% and 30%, respectively, of global production).
The average American wastes over 20 pounds of food monthly, or a ton annually for a family of six.
With over 50 kg per capita, South America tops the global ranking in terms of sugar consumption.With over 50 kg per capita, South America tops the global ranking in terms of sugar consumption.
The world produces enough food to feed double its population, but 1 billion people are malnourished.
The EU is the world's second-largest consumer of wheat (250 kg per capita). Consumption is highest is the Black Sea region.
In developing countries, people often spend 60% to 80% of their income on food compared to less than 10% in the USA.
North America is the world's biggest consumer of maize by far, with nearly 900 kg per capita versus 240 kg in South America and 140 kg in the EU.