We keep on identifying various sources like garbage and fuel as harmful origins of emissions but it looks like we may have overlooked one thing – food. Not the ones that are still edible to eat of course but rather the ones that spoil or left to rot.
A study by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) estimated that 1.3 billion tons of food are discarded around the world and account for greenhouse gas emissions as well. Apparently the process and chemicals used to create them in the first place are tied up with it, which amount to an astounding 3.3 billion tons a year.
Surely a lot of us have a lot of leftovers or food that are overstocked which eventually lead to food waste.
The FOA’s suggestions for reducing food waste worldwide start with producers in developing nations, which could use more investment in harvesting, cooling, and packaging methods that reduce spoilage. From there, improvements to the supply chain could allow food to reach consumers more efficiently.