Food Waste and Climate Change

When food is wasted, the impact is two-fold: not only has the process contributed to continuing global hunger but it also impacts climate change. Food products that go bad and are thrown out emit greenhouse gases that contribute to global warming. Some products have a larger impact than others, meat is a bigger concern than vegetables. So, what can we do to tackle the issue?

Common sense answer: plan the grocery list so we buy what we need and avoid impulse buying; clean, pack and store leftovers or extras in a way that preserves freshness; consider  making meat products a smaller portion of our meals and opt for better options like beans or whole grains.

This article has interesting links and the numbers to convince us of the need to watch what we waste as much as we watch what we eat.

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One response to “Food Waste and Climate Change

  1. Great tips! It’s scary how much energy and resources are used up so humans can eat meat. In my blog, I mentioned a tool by National Geographic that measures the amount of water it takes to produce just one pound of meat. It’s eye-opening. One pound of beef = 1,799 gallons of water! http://environment.nationalgeographic.com/environment/freshwater/embedded-water/

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