Wasting food wastes money

This much is obvious. When you throw away food, you are also throwing away the money you paid for that food.

What is not as apparent is everything else that is wasted when perfectly good food goes into the trashcan. Vast amounts of resources go into growing, harvesting, processing, transporting, and producing food. When this food goes unused, these resources are squandered.

Food supply chain

Let’s face it; climate change is real. The excessive release of greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide and methane into the atmosphere has affected, and will continue to affect, the welfare of our planet. According to separate studies conducted by NASA and NOAA, 2016 was the third year in a row to set a new record for global average surface temperature

It is becoming very clear that if nothing is done to combat climate change, there will be severe consequences for the human race.

While there are many things that contribute to climate change, there is one that does not get quite as much attention as others – food waste.

What does food waste have to do with climate change?

 

Graphic depicting three food waste statistics

These statistics are surprising.

 

What’s even more shocking is that this problem exists in the first place. We place incredible value on resources like oil, electricity, and technology, but we haphazardly waste one of the most vital resources that keeps us alive. Now consider that 1 in 9 people in the world don’t even have access to enough food, much less get the chance to waste it.

The issue of climate change and wasted food can be disheartening.  Fortunately, there is hope for tomorrow. At this very moment, there are thousands of dedicated individuals and organizations working tirelessly to put an end to this problem. And we can help make a difference…

According to the book Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming, edited by Paul Hawken, reducing food waste is the third best solution to mitigating climate change.

The United Nations and US EPA have both set goals to halve food waste by 2030. This is an ambitious goal, but an attainable one. Individuals and businesses alike can take steps to reduce their food waste and help to meet this goal. Food waste reduction efforts to track leftovers, analyze data, donate surplus, compost food scraps, and many others all play extremely important roles in making sure we are attacking this issue from all angles. Not only will such actions help to preserve this planet for future generations, but they can save a lot of money, and might just result in helping some of those who are in need.

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