When food is left to rot, we have greenhouse gases, methane emissions. It would be far better to have organized distribution of fresh fruits and vegetables. Supermarkets require a mechanism to get their food waste to Pantries. There need not be hunger in America, if we had Laws to allow the distribution of food to those in need.
Waste has a cost. Methane emissions have a cost. The number of Food Pantries and people hungry has increased with the Pandemic. Surely, ask the owners of Food Pantries and they’ll give you the procedures needed to eliminate 40% of Food waste. One place for supermarket waste is schools. Why not dispense free food in all urban areas? In rural communities, they have fresh fruits and vegetables left to rot. That, too, can be picked and distributed to ally hunger.
Healthy bodies and minds are essential for learning and living well. America has enough food to be generous to those in need.
While 34 million Americans face hunger, up to 40% of everything raised or grown in the US is wasted.
A 2021 report estimated that 2.5bn tonnes of food goes uneaten globally every year, contributing approximately 10% of all greenhouse gas emissions – equivalent to nearly twice the annual emissions produced by all the cars driven in the US and Europe.
In 2019, surplus food cost the country $408bn.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), food waste is the single most common material landfilled and incinerated in the US. As that waste decomposes, it produces methane, which traps more than 80 times as much heat on our plant in the short term as carbon dioxide.