By Abay Yimere Food loss and waste are major problems around the world. When food is tossed aside or allowed to spoil, it makes economies less productive and leaves people hungry. It also harms Earth’s climate by generating methane, a potent greenhouse gas. Food loss and waste accounts for 4% of global greenhouse gas emissions. If […]
U.S. consumers waste a lot of food year-round – about one-third of all purchased food. That’s equivalent to 1,250 calories per person per day, or US$1,500 worth of groceries for a four-person household each year, an estimate that doesn’t include recent food price inflation.
Earlier this year, the UK began requiring cafés and restaurants with more than 250 employees to include the number of calories next to each dish on their menus, reported BBC Future. Mexican chain Wahaca was not a fan of the new requirement at first, but then took the extra menu labeling even further by adding […]
There is a global food waste revolution happening with many changemakers creating solutions to help feed the hungry, to feed the soil, to repurpose food waste into renewable energy, and find innovative ways to sell food that otherwise would never be out in the supermarkets.
Humans breathe in oxygen and breathe out carbon dioxide, and plants turn carbon dioxide into glucose for food, so it makes sense that our breath could be used as fertilizer, right? Scientists at Boston University who recently conducted a study using carbon dioxide from classrooms as fertilizer for their rooftop garden think so. In the […]
By Kari Lydersen A recent analysis reveals the daunting number of variables that need to be considered when attempting to pair agricultural production and solar generation. Federal researchers know that solar panels and crops can coexist and provide mutual benefits in certain scenarios. A recent study by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) confirms this but also […]
While you’re enjoying that pumpkin pie and thinking about what you’re grateful for this year, give the planet something to be thankful for, too! During Thanksgiving week alone, 200 million pounds of turkey are thrown away in the U.S., according to the NRDC. Among other wasted resources, the water from these tossed turkeys alone could […]