Today,  I’ll talk about an alarming fact: food waste.

Unfortunately, most people do not know much, if anything about food waste. I’d like to take the opportunity to inform you that it is one of the most prevalent issues in the world. In fact, if there were no waste, there may be enough food for everyone on this planet.

 

According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, approximately one third of the food produced every year for human consumption is wasted or lost.

  • Food loss and waste produce greenhouse gas emissions, which contribute highly to global warming and climate change.

  • The food currently lost or wasted in Latin America could feed 300 million people.

  • The food currently wasted in Europe could feed 200 million people.

  • The food currently lost in Africa could feed 300 million people.

 

Throwing out food also wastes the water, energy and fuel needed to grow, store and transport it.   But most importantly burying organic waste in landfill is a big problem and it’s not just because of the resources we lose. When organic waste (food and green waste) is dumped in landfill, it undergoes anaerobic decomposition due to the lack of oxygen and generates a gass called methane. When released into the atmosphere, methane is 25 times more potent a greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide.  When you throw food, garden and lawn clippings, cardboard and timber in a bin that ends up in landfill you are contributing to climate change.

As a gardener, I experience seasonal gluts.  I grow for my family, but sometimes I get an abundance that I cannot consume.  Spare Harvest

In order to change the situation, a start-up has been created: Spare Harvest. With this online platform, you will be able to give, sell or share your own harvest. Nowadays, it is becoming an increasingly predominant goal to reduce food waste around the world.

It is no longer a fad. Climate change and global warming are two of the most alarming signs of the disturbance of the Earth’s conditions. As a result, we all need to contribute.

Be part of the change. Sign up today.

We need you.

 


Bibliography

Andrew, H 2016, SPARE HARVEST – Waste not … Want not, Spare Harvest, viewed 9th September 2016, <https://www.spareharvest.com/>.
FAO 2016, Key facts on food loss and waste you should know!, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, viewed 9th September 2016, <http://www.fao.org/save-food/resources/keyfindings/en/>.
Furbank, L 2016, Food loss and waste protocol partnership releases First-Ever global food waste standard, Food Tank, viewed 9th September 2016, <http://foodtank.com/news/2016/09/food-loss-and-waste-protocol-partnership-releases-first-ever-global-food-wa>.