Food waste - the easiest way to tackle climate change.

Posted by Helen Townsend on

If global food waste was a country it would be the third largest emitter of greenhouse gases but solving the problem of food waste is one of the easiest ways to tackle climate change.

In NZ every year the food wasted produces carbon emissions equivalent to over 118,000 cars and yet no-one wants to waste food – especially when it costs us money. This isn’t a case of anyone doing anything ‘bad’ just that we need to pay attention to the problem.

The resources used to produce, package and transport food are huge and if we waste food then we’re just destroying the earth to grow food that no-one eats, while at the same time there are many people who don’t have enough to feed their families.

It’s so great to see SkyCity tackling this problem and diverting nearly 500 tonnes of food waste from landfill, while donating surplus food to KiwiHarvest, scraps to EnviroNZ for compost and working with Ecoware to transition to compostable packaging.

SkyCity reducing food waste is an easy win-win situation, or actually a win-win-win-win-win situation – saves money, provides food for people who need it, makes compost to grow more food, reduces greenhouse gases and reduces plastic packaging – what’s not to like?

Check out this great video from the University of California Climate Lab for more info on food waste and climate change:

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