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Economic and Environmental impact

  • When food is wasted, there will be a waste in the energy that is used in supply chain operations such as harvesting, transporting, processing, packaging and preparation in addition to the money that is spent on all these points.
  • 198 million hectares of land (roughly the size of Mexico) were used to produce food that was never consumed, according to estimates by the World Resources Institute.
  • One ton of wasted food produces between 4.0 and 4.6 tons of carbon dioxide.
  • Reducing food waste can positively affect many environmental and social policies, such as:
    • Reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
    • Creation of carbon pools (natural carbon sinks are oceans, lakes, plants, and soil)
    • Increasing the provision of ecosystem services through sustainable resource management.

(Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change 2014)