June 11, 2022

U.S. Embassy & Consulates in Italy

Food waste worsens world hunger and adds to greenhouse gas emissions, a leading cause of the climate crisis.

The United Nations estimates that roughly one-third of all food is wasted or lost globally each year. Worldwide, thrown-out food accounts for 8% of all greenhouse gas emissions.

In the United States, activists and organizations promote food recycling. Their efforts help to feed communities and cut carbon emissions.

Farm to trash? No way

When 14-year-old Maria Rose Belding was volunteering for charity, she saw expired food tossed in the garbage while people waited in line at a local food bank.