Eliminating Food Waste
The amount of food that is thrown away or wasted is staggering. According to the Suzuki Foundation, close to half of all food produced worldwide is wasted! Over 30% of fruits and vegetables in North America don’t even make it onto store shelves because they’re not pretty enough for picky consumers. In the USA, more than 33 million tons of food ended up in landfills in 2010. This is especially staggering when you consider that no food at all needs to end up in landfill – it should be consumed or composted and reused to grow other food sources. Wasting food has real environmental consequences. As food decomposes in landfills, it releases a lot of methane, a greenhouse gas that contributes to global warming. Producing food is also very hard on the agricultural environment; fertilisers and pesticides are frequently used to ensure that as much food is grown per acre as possible. Food waste also has economic consequences. Think of the money and resources that go into producing a loaf of bread, as well as the money we spend on purchasing food. If we were to be more sustainable with our food purchasing and consumption, this money and environment degradation could be spared.