The food we waste causes big problems for wildlife and the world’s ecosystems. With mass extinction threatening so many of the earth’s inhabitants, it has never been more important to proactively protect the planet.
Food waste has a huge effect on climate change and is annually responsible for three billion tons of carbon emissions around the world. That’s just a little less than the entire carbon emissions of the United States every year. If food waste were a country, it would be the third biggest offender for greenhouse gas emissions!
Food that has been wasted and left to rot away on landfill makes up 34% of all methane gas emissions. This is very bad news, as methane gas is almost twenty times more damaging to our environment than carbon. Landfills are the second largest human source of methane. Methane gas, once released, rises in our atmosphere where it sits and keeps hot air from escaping, causing the planet to warm very quickly. Incediently cows and livestock are the biggest source of methane, meaning beef and meat production is extremely burdensome to the planet.