Food waste is an environmental problem

5 steps you can take to reduce your impact

Tossing uneaten leftovers or slimy lettuce may feel like no big deal.

But a new report from the sustainability-focused World Resources Institute (WRI) says food waste is responsible for 8% of annual greenhouse-gas emissions, and that 25% of agricultural water use and a land mass the size of China go toward producing food that ultimately goes uneaten.

If it were a country, according to WRI, food waste and loss would release more greenhouse gases into the atmosphere than any nation except the U.S. and China.

 

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