Our Ridiculously Massive Food Waste Is Driving Climate Change

Humans waste an exorbitant amount of food — more than 1.4 billion tons annually. That’s roughly 400 million tons more than the weight of Japan’s Mount Fuji, which rises 2.3 miles above sea level. If combating global hunger wasn’t reason enough to reverse the disturbing trend, new research suggests that reducing food waste could drastically help in the fight against climate change. Jürgen Kropp, co-author of a new study looking at how today’s surplus of food is burdening the planet, said it’s no secret the Western world is responsible for today’s emergency. “Part of the climate crisis,” Kropp told The Huffington Post,

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