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1/3 of food produced in the US is never eaten

According to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), “the impact of food waste is not just financial. Environmentally, food waste leads to wasteful use of chemicals such as fertilizers and pesticides; more fuel used for transportation; and more rotting food, creating more methane – one of the most harmful greenhouse gases that contributes to climate change.”
UNEP adds, “methane is 23 times more potent than CO2 as a greenhouse gas. The vast amount of food going to landfills makes a significant contribution to global warming,” and also points out that every year, consumers in wealthy countries waste approximately as much food as is produced in all of sub-Saharan Africa put together.
The recent FAO report found that the world’s wasted food contributes approximately 3.3 billion metric tons of greenhouse gases to our atmosphere, and that every year, 28 percent of Earth’s farmland is used to grow food that is never eaten.

José Graziano da Silva, the Director-General of the FAO, says, “all of us… must make changes at every link of the human food chain to prevent food wastage from happening in the first place, and reuse or recycle it when we can’t… we simply cannot allow one-third of all the food we produce to go to waste or be lost because of inappropriate practices, when 870 million people go hungry every day.”

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