Boomers leading the way on food waste

Rabobank food waste report finds Baby Boomers least wasteful

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NARROW WASTE LINE: Baby Boomers are Australia's least wasteful generation when it comes to food according to a new report.

NARROW WASTE LINE: Baby Boomers are Australia's least wasteful generation when it comes to food according to a new report.

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A report claims Baby Boomers are the least wasteful generation when it comes to food.

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BABY Boomers have earned the distinction of being named Australia's least wasteful generation when it comes to food, according to a new report.

Rabobank named baby boomers as the generation least likely to waste food for the third year running in its food waste report.

According to the report, Baby Boomers only threw out $430 dollars worth, or 7 per cent of their food, last year.

The report also found they were the generation most likely to be annoyed by their own (87 per cent) or others' (85 per cent) food waste and cared the most about reducing waste (85 per cent).

Generation X members wasted around $838 worth of waste - $85 less than in 2017, while members of Generations Z and Y were found to be the most wasteful generation with $1200 wasted.

The report revealed an overall reduction from $9.6 billion worth of food waste in 2017 to $8.9 billion in 2018 across Australia.

The average Australian household was found to have wasted $890 worth of food, while NSW and WA were found to be the most wasteful states.

People living in cities (13 per cent) were found to be slightly more wasteful on average than people living in the country (11 per cent).

The main reason for food being wasted was food going off without being finished, which accounted for 75 per cent of all food waste.

Buying too much during weekly shopping trips (45 per cent) and insufficient meal planning (34 per cent) were major factors contributing to wastage.

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