Even food that is still safe and edible is often disposed of due to various reasons.
Here are some of those reasons:
Japan’s self-sufficiency rate is at 39%. At the same time,
17.8 million tons of food are destroyed every year.
These numbers are provided by the Japanese Government to the OECD and are publically available.
This is 1 in every 6 people.
Statistics published by the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries in 2012 puts Japan’s annual food loss at between 5 and 8 million tons. Japan’s annual rice production is 8.39 million tons, a very similar amount. Of that 5 to 8 million tons of food loss, 2 to 4 million tons come from individual households. Food loss during production and distribution is between 3 and 4 million tons.