How Food Waste Affects Our Planet.

How Food Waste Affects Our Planet.

Judy Ann Quang, Bus/Social Media/ Advertising/ Web Tech Editor

In 2020, the United States and Europe have created more waste than any part of the world. The United State has produced about 80 billion pounds of food waste that costs more than 161 billion dollars according to RTS. 

Arizona residents produce about 300 pounds of food waste per person each year, and in Lake Havasu City the population is about 56,254. Thus, they produce about 16,876,200 pounds of food waste each year not considering the Arizona population which is 7,286,000 making about 2,185,800,000 pounds of food waste. So why is there so much food waste?
The problem is that about 80 percent of the population misunderstands the expiration date on the food label; therefore, they throw away consumable food.Also people impulsively buy food, as a result, the food doesn’t get consumed which then goes to the landfills. Not only does throwing away good consumable items increase the landfills, it also affects the environment because food waste is one-third of greenhouse gas emission, which then creates methane, a large contributor to climate change according to Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research. 

The US spends about 220 billion dollars on food products and about 70 million tons of food ends up getting thrown away. The amount of food waste that is produced can feed nearly 2 billion people around the world. 

According to Mercy Corps, there are approximately 821 million people that don’t have enough food to eat every single day, and the amount of food waste that is produced can feed everyone in the world and then some. Decreasing the amount of food waste could solve global hunger due to the fact that the world can produce enough food for everyone while one-third of products get squandered before anyone can consume it. 

Planning and buying food that you need, freezing some foods which allows it to rot less, and being creative with leftovers are ways to reduce food waste.