When we waste food, we’re not just wasting food. We’re also wasting all the resources that went into growing it. Food waste ends up wasting nearly a quarter of our water supply in the form of uneaten food.
When food is disposed in a landfill it rots and becomes a significant source of methane - a potent greenhouse gas with 21 times the global warming potential of carbon dioxide. Growing and transporting the food that goes to waste emits as much carbon pollution as 39 million passenger vehicles.
Energy and transportation tend to be the face of climate change, but with food’s impact arguably larger it definitely deserves more of a focus.
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