The United States produces a colossal amount of food, but as folks who watched reports like the one aired on Last Week Tonight know, a huge amount of that food winds up decomposing in landfills. While the issue that unsold food goes straight to the dump instead of to hungry people who would gladly eat it is important, there is another aspect of our massive food waste problem that often gets overlooked.
Americans waste food at a staggering rate; from the farmers who harvest it, to individual households who buy too many groceries. We are all wasting food at an unthinkable rate.
Food waste is a growing concern all over the world. Restaurants, in particular, have been trying to find ways to cut down on the amount of waste they generate because every bit of food that's prepared and thrown away is a hit in their bottom line.
One man's meat is another man's poison, or so the old saying goes, but it's doubtful whether anyone could make use of 1,250 gallons of ruined mayonnaise. According to Atlas Obscura, though, that was exactly the situation at Michigan State University this past December, thanks to freezing temperatures that compromised a ridiculous amount of the condiment.
With millions of people all over the world struggling to find enough food to eat, the fact that millions of tons of food is tossed out every year can be surprising. But it is true.
Food waste is a huge issue in the United States, and it's one we don't often think about. However, as much as 40 percent of the food we grow in the U.
You know how, in sci-fi books and movies, we always seem to have figured out this whole "world hunger" problem? We always have some miraculous technology, or some political movement, that has solved the dilemma of making sure everyone has enough food, and that the planet isn't decimated by the environmental costs of raising colossal herds of animals.Well, it's possible we're on the verge of turning science fiction into science fact yet again.
Gardening is a great way to make sure you always have fresh produce, and it can save you a little money in the long-term. However, gardens have seasons, and you can only grow a garden when the weather permits.
In "The Great Balancing Act: Creating a Sustainable Food Future," the World Resources Institute asks, "How can the world adequately feed more than 9 billion people by 2050 in a manner that advances economic development and reduces pressure on the environment?"What does food waste have to do with this challenge? A lot, it turns out. Consider these statistics:We waste about one-third of all food produced worldwide, about 1.
The anaerobic digester, also called the biogas digester, is an option for transforming food waste into two valuable products--biogas and soil amendments like fertilizer.Several communities, in an effort to reduce their carbon footprint, have stopped food waste from going into landfills and instead, have diverted it into large-scale anaerobic digesters.