Those of us throwing away leftovers from last night’s dinner should have more than just the guilt of not finishing a meal on our mind.
It’s estimated that every year, 1.3 billion tons of food around the world – which is approximately a third of all that is produced – is wasted. Not only can much of this be eaten, but the sheer amount being discarded is having an alarming impact on the environment. A lot of the food we put in the bin ends up in landfills, where it rots and creates harmful greenhouse gasses – one of the major contributors to global warming and thus climate change.
In the UK alone, 4.3 million tons of edible food are thrown away per year. That’s 11,780 tons per day, 490 tons per hour and 8 tons per minute!
And this is how many tons of food that have been thrown out since this blog post was published:
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