Let’s do away with food waste!
Food is the single largest component of garbage in the Portland metropolitan region. About 20% of the 1.3 million tons of trash generated per year is food scraps, and over half of those come from businesses.
Impacts of food waste in the US:
- Approximately 40% of all food produced in the US goes uneaten — that’s the equivalent of $165 billion of food wasted each year.
- Americans are throwing out 50% more food than they did in the 1970s.
- 1 in 6 people are “food insecure”, meaning they do not have reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food.
- Food that decomposes in landfills emits methane, a greenhouse gas pollutant that contributes to climate change and is 25 times more potent than carbon dioxide.
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