Organic fruit and vegetable shop, United Kingdom © Global Warming Images / WWF

Organic fruit and vegetable shop, United Kingdom © Global Warming Images / WWF

Food waste

Keywords
  • carbon pollution
  • farming
  • food production
  • landclearing
  • sugar
  • sustainable living
  • sustainable seafood

The way we eat has a massive impact on the planet. It's not just about the enormous amount of food we consume but how much of that food we waste. By 2050 our global population of nine billion will need twice as much food as we do today.

Producing, distributing, storing and cooking food uses energy, fuel and water. Each of these processes emits greenhouse gases that contribute to climate change. Then we go on to waste an alarming 30% of the food we buy and what ends up in landfill creates further greenhouse gases.

So how are we going to meet future food demands and eat sustainably?

The key is to work with farmers and producers to grow and make more with less, and to reduce the food we waste. That means planning our shopping and meals more carefully, re-using leftovers and composting. Not only is it good for the planet; it benefits the hip pocket, too.

  

Food Waste Infographic

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