The proverb “Waste not want not” in essence means that if you never waste anything, you will always have what you need. So true, right?
The shocking reality is that a third of all food produced in the world, is never eaten. Between harvest and retail alone, around 14% of all food globally is lost. That equates to 1.3 billion tons of food every year! In a world where millions of people go hungry every day, the scale of the food waste problem is out of control. And if you think that food waste doesn’t affect you, think again.
It’s not just about wasting money. Discarded food is sent to landfills, where it rots and produces methane gas, which is the second most common greenhouse gas. In other words, throwing out food contributes to climate change. Also, 24% of all water used for agriculture is lost through food waste every year (that’s about 170 trillion litres!).
The good news is that there are endless ways you can reduce, reuse, and recycle your food waste and with a small amount of effort, you can cut your food waste dramatically, save money and help take some pressure off Mother Nature.
It’s time to rethink mindless consumption. Can we afford not to?
Source: modernfarmer.com, fao.org, dontwastethecrumbs.com, bbcgoodfood.com, healthline.com, bobvila.com, grammarist.com
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