A charity that has turned tons of waste food into millions of meals for hungry families during the pandemic is to target delegates at the COP26 climate summit, warning that food waste landfill has a “warming potential 28 times that of CO2”. Calling for greater government funding to rescue wasted food, FareShare claims methane produced by landfill is “a much more potent greenhouse gas”, and that discarded supplies could feed people in need and help the planet. An estimated one-third of all food produced in the world is wasted, equivalent to about 1.3 billion tons of fruit, vegetables, meat, dairy, seafood, and grain that do not leave the farm, get lost or spoiled during distribution — or are discarded by hotels, stores, restaurants, schools or homes. Some is sent away for generating energy from waste or animal feed.
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