Disadvantage of food waste
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At glance, food waste doesn’t seem like a big problem. However, if we look deep into it, food waste has caused some serious damages. The number of food waste has increased quite significantly since 1976. In the UK, 13 billions of food go to waste each year. Meanwhile, in the US, 40% of food produced never gets eaten, meaning that 165 billions dollars worth of food is thrown away every year. It could fill 730 football stadiums every year! Seeing how many people in the world, or even within a particular country, live in hunger and malnutrition, this situation is inequitable. Within this, there are many disadvantages of food waste, this article with cover some of those including, environmental issues, morally unacceptable in the case of fighting hunger, and the was of labour, time, as well as natural resources.
1. Environmental Issue
Food that is wasted is bad for the environment. It increases global warming and climate change. Food waste, for instance, banana that is thrown to the landfill, will decompose without access to oxygen and creates methane (CH3). Methane (CH3) is 23 times more dangerous than carbon dioxide (CO2). Meaning that it could cause damage to the environment faster than carbon dioxide.
2. Morally Unacceptable – Fighting Hunger
Food waste is morally unacceptable as one people could throw away something that means a lot to the other. For instance, many people live in hunger and poverty, not being able to access food, while there are people that fortunate enough to have more than enough food every day, and somehow, managed to waste it. In other words, food waste is promoting inequality. This could be seen from a wider landscape, where one country has a very poor living condition and unable to provide food to the people, while in other countries, there are many surpluses that goes to waste – and also could be seen from a smaller landscape when it happens in one particular country. In the UK for instance, even the UK is categorised as a developed country and relatively wealth, there are still many people unable to access food and live in hunger.
3. Waste of Labour, Time, and Natural Resources
In both developing and developed country, most of the food waste came from the excessive amount of food production (surplus) that ended up being wasted, due to various reasons. In other words, food waste is not only bad for the environment and morally unacceptable, but also wasting time, labour and natural resources that are needed to produce the food. All of these things could be allocated for something else instead of for producing food that will end up being wasted.
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