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REDUCING FOOD WASTE MITIGATES CLIMATE CHANGE.*

If we work together, we can cool the planet and feed the hungry. Food waste happens for myriad reasons: good intentions gone bad, a broken food supply chain, and outdated policies, to name just a few. In every case, resources are squandered.

Project Drawdown

Project Drawdown is an international research organization that reviews, analyzes, and identifies the most viable global climate solutions. They rank reducing food waste as the third most important means of mitigating climate change, with an estimated CO2 reduction of 70.53 gigatons.

*Source: Project Drawndown

U.S. Food waste consumes:

21%

of all fresh water

19%

of all fertilizer

18%

of all cropland

21%

of landfill volume

Where does this food waste occur?

Food Waste Pie Chart
The problem is far worse in wealthier communities, where much higher percentages of food is disposed of at the consumer/household level.