Food waste is one of the big factors in climate change – there are losses at every stage of the food chain. In production, in processing, in transport, in storage, in retail distribution, and at home in our cupboards and fridges. The final fraction is what ends up in our bokashi bins at home, but that’s only a minor part of the big picture.
We can’t afford to ignore what’s going on under our nose. These losses are economic, but they are also removing valuable organic matter from the food and soil cycle. The losses have to minimised at every part of the chain – but where there are losses, the organic “waste” needs to go back to the soil.
It’s well worth learning more about how this hangs together, because it has a critical role to play in our future.
The Guardian: Farmers are destroying mountains of food. Here’s what to do about it.
BBC News: Scotland’s food waste causing more greenhouse gas than plastic
Vox: Food waste is the world’s dumbest problem
YouTube: Wasted! The story of food waste (teaser)
Restaurant food waste
Coursera: Online course in Solid waste management
United Nations Environment Program: Global waste outlook report