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Created with Fabric.js 1.4.5 Food Waste is Becoming Serious Economic and Environmental Issue With millions of households across struggling to have enough to eat, and millions of tons of food being tossed in the garbage, food waste is increasingly being seen as a serious environmental and economic issue. New York City, has started programs to tackle the issue. Food in landfills. I got this info. at I got this info. at www.nytimes.com A third of the food produced in the world is never consumed, and the total cost of the food waste could be as high as $400 billion a year. Reducing food waste from 20 to 50 percent globally could save $120 billion to $300 billion a year About 32 million metric tons of it end up in municipal About 32 million metric tons of it end up in municipal landfills, at a cost of about $1.5 a year to local governments. The food discarded by retailers and consumers in the most developed countries would be more than enough to feed all of the worlds 870 million hungry people, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. The problem is expected to grow worse as the worlds population increases By 2030, when the global middle class expands, consumer food waste will cost $600 billion a year, unless actions are taken to reduce the wastes. Food waste is not only a social cost, but it contributes to growing environmental problems like climate change, experts say, with the production of food consuming vast quantities of water, fertilizer and land. The fuel that is burned to process, refrigerate and transport it also adds to the environmental cost. Most food waste is thrown away in landfills, where it decomposes and emits methane, a potent greenhouse gas. Globally, it creates 3.3 billion metric tons of greenhouse gases annually, about 7 percent of the total emissions. Europe- 207 million tons of food North America- 113 million tons of food W/S/SE/C Asia- 449 million tons of food East Asia- 381 million tons of food North Africa 36 million tons of food
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