‘One Third’ by Klaus Pichler

According to a UN study, one third of the world’s food goes to waste –the largest part in the industrialized nations of the global north. Equally, 925 million people around the world are threatened by starvation. The series ‘One Third’ describes the connection between individual wastage of food and globalized food production. Rotting food, arranged into elaborate still lifes, portrays an abstract picture of the wastage of food whilst the accompanying texts take a more in depth look at the roots of this issue.

However, people do seem to be conscious about food waste to some extent: Recent studies revealed that approximately 69% of all German households feel guilty when throwing away food and consumers do not feel good about their own behavior.

The pictures of the series, show food which is no longer edible, at various stages of decay. The products used for this study were once tasty items of food, for sale in supermarkets after being transported there from various parts of the world. «One Third» exceeds the sell by date in order to document the full dimensions of global food waste.

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STRAWBERRIES

Place of production: San Giovanni Lupatoto, Verona, Italy
Cultivation method: Foil green house  *  Time of harvest: June – October
Transporting distance: 741km  *  Means of transportation: Truck
Carbon footprint (total) per kg: 0,35kg  *  Water requirement (total) per kg: 348 l
Price: 7,96 € / kg

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CARROTS

Place of production: Tuvaila, Arumeru, Tanzania
Cultivation method: Outdoor plantation  *   Time of harvest: All- season
Transporting distance: 6.068km  *   Means of transportation: Aircraft, truck
Carbon footprint (total) per kg: 6,59kg  *   Water requirement (total) per kg: 24 l
Price: 39,95 € / kg

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CAULIFLOWER

Place of production: Finistere, Bretagne, France
Cultivation method: Outdoor plantation  *   Time of harvest: June – October
Transporting distance: 1.784km  *   Means of transportation: Truck
Carbon footprint (total) per kg: 0,44kg  *   Water requirement (total) per kg: 295 l
Price: 0,99 € / kg

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ORANGES

Place of production: Citrusdal, Westkap, South Africa
Cultivation method: Outdoor plantation  *   Time of harvest: All- season
Transporting distance: 15.446km  *   Means of transportation: Ship, truck
Carbon footprint (total) per kg: 0,86kg  *   Water requirement (total) per kg: 563 l
Price: 1,32 € / kg

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PRE-FRIED VEGETABLE STICKS

Place of production: Reken, Germany
Production method: Factory production  *   Time of production: All- season
Transporting distance: 1.030km  *   Means of transportation: Refridgerated truck
Carbon footprint (total) per kg: unknown  *   Water requirement (total) per kg: unknown
Price: 11,96 € / kg

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FLOUR

Place of production: Chelyabinsk, Ural, Russia
Cultivation method: Factory production  *  Time of harvest: All- season
Transporting distance: 3.873km  *  Means of transportation: Truck
Carbon footprint (total) per kg: 1,30kg  *  Water requirement (total) per kg: 1854 l
Price: 0,99 € / kg

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ALMOND-COCO-PRALINES

Place of production: Stadtallendorf, Germany
Production method: Factory production  *   Time of production: All- season
Transporting distance: 795km (final product), up to 12.000 km (ingredients)  *   Means of transportation: Ship, truck
Carbon footprint (transport) per kg: 1,06kg  *   Water requirement (total) per kg: unknown
Price: 13 € / kg

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WATERMELON

Place of production: Pilar de la Horadada, Alicante, Spain
Cultivation method: Outdoor plantantion  *   Time of harvest: June – August
Transporting distance: 2.442km  *   Means of transportation: Truck
Carbon footprint (total) per kg: 0,54kg  *   Water requirement (total) per kg: 1490 l
Price: 0,99 € / kg

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EGGS

Place of production: Kolontar, Hungary
Production method: Factory production  *   Time of production: All- season
Transporting distance: 196 km  *   Means of transportation: Truck
Carbon footprint (total) per kg: 5,82kg  *   Water requirement (total) per kg: 3061 l
Price: 1,39 € / kg

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CHOKOLADE COOKIES

Place of production: Polch, Germany
Production method: Factory production  *   Time of production: All- season
Transporting distance: 868 km  *   Means of transportation: Truck
Carbon footprint (transport) per kg: 1,07kg  *   Water requirement (total) per kg: unknown
Price: 5,65 € / kg

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CUPCAKES

Place of production: Vienna, Austria, ingredients from all over the world
Production method: Factory production  *   Time of production: All- season
Transporting distance: up to 12.000km (vanilla)  *   Means of transportation: Aircraft, ship, truck
Carbon footprint (transport) per kg: 0,94kg  *   Water requirement (total) per kg: unknown
Price: 11,50 € / kg

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FRUIT COCKTAIL

Place of production: Phuket, Thailand
Production method: Factory production  *   Time of production: All- season
Transporting distance: 12.523 km (linear distance)  *   Means of transportation: Ship, truck
Carbon footprint (total) per kg: 13,89 kg  *   Water requirement (total) per kg: 50 l
Price: 1,98 € / kg

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ROMANESCO CAULIFLOWER

Place of production: Sammichele di Bari, Italy
Cultivation method: Foil green house  *  Time of harvest: September – November
Transporting distance: 1.412 km  *  Means of transportation: Truck
Carbon footprint (total) per kg: 0,38 kg  *  Water requirement (total) per kg: 387 l
Price: 1,49 € / kg

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ONIONS

Place of production: Horowhenua, Manawatu-Wanganui, New Zealand
Cultivation method: Foil green house  *   Time of harvest: All- season
Transporting distance: 18.136 km (linear distance)  *   Means of transportation: Ship, truck
Carbon footprint (total) per kg: 0,49 kg  *   Water requirement (total) per kg: 275 l
Price: 1,32 € / kg

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PINEAPPLE

Place of production: Guayaquil, Ecuador
Cultivation method: Outdoor plantation  *   Time of harvest: All- season
Transporting distance: 10.666 km (linear distance)  *   Means of transportation: Aircraft, truck
Carbon footprint (total) per kg: 11,94 kg  *   Water requirement (total) per kg: 360 l
Price: 2,10 € / kg

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BEEF

Place of production: Fladnitz an der Teichalm, Austria
Production method: Animal Farm   *    Time of production: All- season
Transporting distance: 124 km   *    Means of transportation: Truck
Carbon footprint (total) per kg: 13,33 kg   *    Water requirement (total) per kg: 5640 l
Price: 15,99 € / kg

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GRAPES

Place of production: Trujillo, La Libertad, Peru
Cultivation method: Outdoor plantation  *  Time of harvest: October – March
Transporting distance: 11.000 km  *  Means of transportation: Aircraft, truck
Carbon footprint (total) per kg: 11,89 kg  *  Water requirement (total) per kg: 652 l
Price: 3,49 € / kg

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BARBECUE SAUSAGE

Place of production: Herdecke, Germany
Production method: Factory production   *    Time of production: All- season
Transporting distance: 944 km   *    Means of transportation: Truck
Carbon footprint (total) per kg: 5,03 kg   *    Water requirement (transportation) per kg: 1 l
Price: 9,50 € / kg

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