The Uneaten Apple That Worsens Climate Change

Food loss and waste worsen the scarcity of natural resources and greenhouse gas emissions from human activities with no purpose. Reducing food loss and waste can contribute towards environmental sustainability and limit the influence of the food system on climate change, increasing economic efficiency and food security at the same time. A new FAO report suggests how.

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Food loss

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http://www.fao.org/3/ca6030en/ca6030en.pdf

Food waste

Footprints of food loss and waste

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Relative contributions of the main food groups to overall food loss and waste and their carbon, blue-water and land footprints. Source: The State of Food and Agriculture 2019, page 94

Reducing carbon footprint

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Carbon impact factor (tonne CO2 eq./tonne maize). Source: The State of Food and Agriculture 2019, page 98

Addressing trade offs

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Euro-Mediterranean Center on #ClimateChange: integrated, multi-disciplinary and frontier research on climate science and policy.

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