Every bit of food you throw away costs you and the environment.
According to UNEP, roughly one third of the food produced in the world for human consumption every year - approximately 1.3 billion tonnes - gets lost or wasted. Additionally, according to the Food Waste Alliance, 68m tonnes of food waste are produced each year in the US, with around 39.7m tonnes going to landfill or incineration. One third of this is from full and quick service (QSR) restaurants. The saddest part is 842 million people in the world do not have enough to eat.
What's the environmental issues cased by food waste?
Reduced Waste = Reduced Expenses
- When food rots it creates methane (CH4) which has 21 times the global warming potential of carbon dioxide
- Every time food is wasted, the water, energy, time, manpower, land, fertilizer, fuel, packaging and MONEY put into growing, preparing, storing, transporting, cooking the food is wasted.
- If food waste was a country, it would be the world's 3rd largest emitter of CO2
By taking a few simple steps to waste less and recycle more, and by working out the cost of food waste to the business, hotels can reap financial as well as environmental benefits. Read more
This article and photo above were provided by AGPOM Partner, International Tourism Partnership
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