Why Does the Issue of Food Waste Matter and How is Composting Important?

Here are our top ten reasons (across global, national, and local dimensions) for addressing the issue of food waste.

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Nationally, reducing food waste by just 15% would be enough to feed more than 25 million Americans every year. The US wastes more than $160 billion in food a year.

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Regenerating soil may be a key component in fighting climate change.

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Composting reduces burden on our local landfill (there is a finite amount of space in the McCommas Bluff landfill), and our municipal sanitation system. More food reaches landfills and incinerators than any other single material in our everyday trash.

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Reducing food waste is one of the top ways that average consumers can help the environment.

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Food waste in our landfill creates methane gas, one of the worst greenhouse gases in the environment. If food waste were a country, it would be the third largest emitter of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere behind China and the U.S.

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Compost does great things for our soil – it retains moisture and nutrients, protects plants from extreme temps, and improves soil structure.

Compost promotes microbial activity that feeds your plants. Healthier soil means healthier plants. Healthier plants means healthier people.

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Composting in your urban landscape will save money from your personal landscape expenses; less water needed, less (or zero) fertilizer needed.

New research suggests that working in the soil can actually positively affect your immunity and gut health.

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Working in the soil is good for mental health.

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