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Will Increasing Food Waste Awareness Reduce Emissions On Planet Earth?

It is estimated more than 33% of all food produced for human consumption globally is lost or wasted; this includes a significant portion of fresh fruits and vegetables. The exact amount of food waste varies greatly depending on the country, but the total amount of food is a whopping 1.3 billion metric tons per year (1,300,000,000 MT) wasted annually.

In addition to food lost during production, storage, and transportation, a high volume of food waste also occurs at the consumer level, particularly in developed countries, where high standards of food quality, convenience, and over-

consumption contribute waste. A large percentage of fruit and vegetables is rejected because it simply 'doesn't look good' in the supermarket display.

Food waste contributes to greenhouse gas emissions in several ways.

  1. Methane emissions from landfills: When food waste ends up in landfills, it decomposes and produces methane, a po