Environmental Impact

WESTERN COUNTRIES ARE CURRENTLY THROWING OUT HALF OF THE FOOD THEY PRODUCE

HERE ARE SOME IMPORTANT REASONS WE NEED TO TRANSFORM THE SYSTEM

* There are nearly one billion malnourished people on the planet – the food thrown out by American consumers, retailers and food services is enough to feed every one of them.

* Up to half the entire food supply is wasted between production and consumption. The US has four times more food than is needed.

* A third of the world’s current food supply could be saved by reducing waste.

* There are a billion hungry people in the world

* as the world cuts down more and more rain forests to increase areas available for cultivation, it further contributes to the Greenhouse Effect and the resulting Global Warming. Throwing away food means that we are producing more than we need and wasting huge quantities

* Food waste is being deposited directly into landfills where it breaks down and releases methane gases and carbon dioxide

* Precious space in our landfills is taken up by needlessly wasted food resources

* The economic downturn reduced charitable contributions at the same time that it caused many to lose their jobs or be forced from their homes – charities in the United States are struggling to feed more people with less

*. Questionable new technology is being introduced to increase the production of food, half of which is already being dumped into the waste stream

* Buying in excess of staples like grain and rice pushes the price up and in this way influences the level of hunger throughout the world. The link between hunger in third world countries and over consumption by developed ones may not be clear to all, but it exists.

“What we have to recognize is that we are now reaching the ecological limits that our planet can bear. We are chopping down forests, using fossil fuels and dumping into overflowing landfills that release methane gases. It is vital that we begin to reexamine the way that we use and dispose of our food resources.”
TristamStuart, author of Waste

 

Pounds of food
wasted in the U.S.
since the beginning of 2014