Why Compost? Fully 1/3 of Global Food is Wasted

The BBC has a great series looking in to the issue of global food waste. From the “Horizons” blurb:

From farm to fork, around a third of all the food we produce worldwide is wasted. This accounts for 1.3 billion tonnes each year, according to the UN Environment Programme and FAO. This costs the global economy an estimated one trillion dollars annually and with the planet’s population set to grow to nine billion by the year 2050, wasting food makes no sense economically, environmentally and ethically.

There’s also the carbon implications of wasting/rotting food, which accounts for a staggering amount of methane released in to the air each year. From the EPA’s website:

When food is disposed in a landfill it rots and becomes a significant source of methane – a potent greenhouse gas with 21 times the global warming potential of carbon dioxide. Landfills are a major source of human-related methane in the United States, accounting for more than 20 percent of all methane emissions.

I’ve been composting for a number of years now in my garden in midtown Atlanta. if you have access to a space outdoors, I highly recommend you do your part by diverting food waste from landfills. Your compost will eventually turn in to fertilizer that will benefit your garden in the long run – here’s a primer on how to do that.

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