Food waste is an environmental, economic, and ethical problem that can lead to less calorie intake and unnecessary damage of our assets. Individual behavior can redesign food waste at home and lead to bigger changes in the ecosystem. The problem is Americans throw out more food than glass, paper, and plastic. Also about 25% of food grown, processed, and transported in the US will never be consumed. When food is disposed in a landfill it rots and becomes a significant source of methane— a potent greenhouse gas with 21 times the global warming potential of carbon dioxide.
One of the ways food is unnecessarily wasted is through the USDA’s grading of produce based on cosmetic value. Produce with cosmetic imperfections are valued at a lesser price and thus often farmers will not even make the effort to sell produce that has nothing wrong with it other than the fact that it is “ugly” (Glickman, 2015). Furthermore, businesses are required to throw out food that has passed its expiration date. However, expiration dates tend to be quite random and often have little truth to them (Glickman, 2015). They are simply to be used as estimates but end up adding to the amount of food waste. And all the food waste lands in landfills that cause the release of methane gas into the earth’s atmosphere. In fact, food waste which is categorized as organic waste is the primary source of methane gas (Baussan et. Al,
However, I feel like this topic needs to be address by the federal government and be discussed within our communities, since people are clueless about the topic and they need to be aware of the situation. Also, I feel like the government need to create a law for big food corporation to find ways to lower amount of food wastage during production, since that is when food is also wasted, encourage people to re-use food – feeding people on need, feed livestock – food unfit for humans, or recycle food – compost food
Sending food to landfills generates an enormous amount of methane. In 1996, the EPA started to take action to deal with this problem. The EPA forced those largest landfills to install gas-collection systems in order to reduce air pollutant (Bloom 16). They would collect those methane and then “convert that captured methane into energy and, sometimes, renewable energy credits" (Bloom 17). However, today, more than half of all landfills keep letting those methane escape because they are the small and medium-sized landfills, they are not asked to collect methane (Bloom 17). According to Bloom, even though some of the landfills collect methane, they would just simply burn it off (17). This process of handling does reduce the methane, but it produces a large amount of less harmful carbon dioxide, which is also a part of greenhouse gases (17). The more greenhouse gases are produced, the warmer earth will become. From the lecture slides, we know that increases in greenhouse gases are changing our world profoundly. It will cause the dramatic events happened more frequently and it will badly affect
Looking at the Impacts of Food Waste, In general by wasting food that’s mean we are wasting our money but in different way. . At the same time it is impacting us financially it’s also playing a huge role in the problems we see happening to our environment. The US Environment Protection Agency said, “Generating food waste has significant economic as well as environmental consequences. Whether you’re an individual, family, or business, chances are a considerable portion of your budget goes towards buying food — either for you, your family, or your customers. And since we now throw away more food than anything else, that means we are throwing away a lot of our money.” (“Basics,” par. 2) They went on to say that wasting food does more than impact our economy; it also impacts our environmental severely. We need to look at other countries and see what they’re doing with their food waste mistakes and do them same in our country the
One way to look at it is “[i]f food waste were a country, it would be the third largest producer of greenhouse gases in the world, after China and the U.S” (Royte). It’s impacting the world and most of us aren’t even seeing that because once it's in the trash or garbage disposal, it’s out of sight, out of
Although some people are not aware of this problem, generating food is quite expensive, because it wastes energy, fresh water and natural resources during its growth, package and delivering. Furthermore, some scientists have found that decomposing uneaten food produces high levels of methane emissions. The world's population is growing extremely fast. As a result, if humans keep on wasting food at the same pace as today, the waste of generating food will increase proportionally, (Kruszelnicki, 2012).
All over America, there is a growing problem, and that problem is the growing piles of food that end up in our nation 's landfills. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) estimates that in 2010 alone, there was an average of “133 billion pounds of food worth an estimated $161.6 billion” wasted in the United States (St. Clair). Unfortunately, all of this food does not just break down. Because of how tightly packed the garbage in landfills is there is almost no oxygen reaching the food while it breaks down (Kulpinski 1), so while the food will slowly decompose it will produce large amounts of methane. Jonathan Bloom, a published food waste expert, warns that 23% of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas which has a global warming
Food waste is having dire effects on the environments where animals live.Studies show that around 1.4 billion hectares of land, which is roughly
Now, more than ever, people are wasteful of the one thing we require most; food. We dispose of food at such a rate that it literally becomes waste which others
Moreover, food waste is the simple act of throwing food into the trash can. Every single person in the nation has experienced food waste since they see it happening every day when people throw away food in their house, at school, in restaurants, and even when they go out to the park. It follows that this is food waste, and unfortunately food waste one of the principal problems that the nation is facing today. Everybody needs to understand the consequences of this problem, and the government needs to find a viable way to deal with the food waste, before it becomes too late to control this
There are billions of people struggling every day to have enough to eat, and billions of tons of food being tossed in the garbage, food waste is gaining increasing awareness as a serious environmental and economic issue. Research shows that about 60 million metric tons of food is wasted a year in the United States, with an estimated value of $162 billion. About 32 million tons of it end up in landfills, at a cost of about $1.5 billion a year to local government this economic crisis is worldwide! My research estimates that a third of all the food produced in the world is never consumed, and the total cost of that food waste could be as high as $400 billion a year. The food discarded by retailers and consumers in the most developed countries would be more than enough to feed all of the world’s hungry people, but it is not just those countries that have problems with food waste, it is also an issue in African countries like South Africa. The problem is expected to grow worse as the world’s population increases, unless actions are taken to reduce the waste. Food waste is not only a social cost, but it contributes to growing environmental problems like global warming, experts say, with the production of food consuming vast quantities of water, fertilizer and land. The fuel that is burned to process, refrigerate and transport it also adds to the environmental cost. Most food waste is thrown away in landfills, where it decomposes and emits methane, a potent greenhouse gas.
So is the problem food waste itself, or that food is being thrown out when there are alternative options? Or is it that we just don’t stop to consider there is a problem? My concern is that it’s not a priority for most people. In addition, there are
There are countless issues that pose danger to the environmental health of the Earth, but one of the most often overlooked problems is food waste. Food waste contributes to droughts as well as other serious economic and climate ramifications. However, there are many things that can be done to resolve this pressing issue.
While the world’s farmers produce enough food to feed the planet, one-third of the food produced for human consumption is not really consumed. Globally, there exists up to 1.3 billion metric tons of uneaten food very year. And in addition to that, growing and transporting that food is estimated to create 3.3 billion metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions per year, which makes wasted food one of the world’s largest emission contributor.