Food Waste May Drive Climate Change
Nearly one-third of the world’s food is never consumed, and every year in the U.S., about 60 metric tons of food is wasted. That’s according to a new report from the Waste and Resources Action Program, a British advisory group. The New York Times reports that our food waste problem will worsen, mainly because of the booming global middle class. By 2030, the Times warns, “consumer food waste will cost $600 billion a year,” driving a range of problems, including climate change.
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