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September 11 2013, 08:08 PM

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Global food waste accounts for more emissions than most countries

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It is a well-known fact that people around the world are malnourished and hungry every day. Simultaneously, food waste around the world has increased drastically.

According to a new United Nations report, this wasted food is responsible for more greenhouse gas emissions than any country, except the United States and China. Almost a third of the food produced for humans - 1.3 billion tons - is thrown away. This means the massive amount of farmland (much of it cleared wilderness), water, and fossil fuels put into this food are completely wasted. 

These resources, the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization estimates, have a carbon footprint of 3.3 billions tons of carbon dioxide every year.

How can we help? Solutions in developed nations include decreasing portion sizes, developing organic waste alternatives like composting, and giving leftover food from restaurants to charities. For the developing world, better storage and distribution techniques are necessary.

Besides being a heavy contributor to greenhouse gases, food waste puts pressure on a system already struggling to feed the world’s population. To be more careful with our food supply today means not only helping the planet, but helping its inhabitants as well.

WASTING FOOD IS MY LEAST FAVORITE THING DO NOT WASTE FOOD I WILL YELL AT YOU

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    Sadly this doesn’t surprize me, so much as remind me that in some cases there can be too much.
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    WASTING FOOD IS MY LEAST FAVORITE THING DO NOT WASTE FOOD I WILL YELL AT YOU
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