Impact of Food Waste on the Environment
Food waste has an enormous impact on the global health of human populations and the environment
1.76 BILLION tons of total food production ends up wasted
Of the edible portions of this food, 1.43 BILLION tons ends up in landfills
The value of this waste to the farmers who produce it is $750 Billion, which is equivalent to the GDP of The Netherlands
The amount of water used to produce this food would overfill Lake Erie
Food waste is the number 1 component of material entering landfills, accounting for 40% of total landfill intake
Landfills produce approximately one-third of all methane emissions in the U.S.
Food waste is the number 3 global contributor to carbon dioxide, behind China and the U.S.
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