Food Waste: Economic and Environmental Issue

Ron Nixon talks in This article about how there is an excessive amount of food waste all over the world and that we need to not only find a better way to recycle it, but to avoid having so much waste in the first place.

Production of food has major impacts on the environment. It requires large amounts of water, fertilizer, and land. Fuel is also burned in order to process, refrigerate, and transport the food.

There are 60 million metric tons of food wasted and 32 million metric tons end up in landfills.

[(32 million metric tons in landfills)/(60 million metric tons of total food waste)] x 100 = 53%

Over half of food waste ends up in landfills. That being said, food waste in landfills accounts for 3.3 billion metric tons of greenhouse gases- which is about 7% of emissions.

There have been movements in some major US cities towards reducing food waste that ends up in landfills, but supplying grants to restaurants who take initiative to recycle their waste at the end of the night.

Reducing food waste 20-50% could save up to $120-300 billion dollars by 2030. So the question is why is it so hard to recycle food? If we want to live a sustainable life, we need to find the balance between a sustainable amount of food and wht is just too much.

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