By the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. FAO’s work on measurement and support to countries taking action to reduce food loss and waste is critical to the progress made by those countries.
Getting food from the farm to table eats up 10 percent of the U.S. energy budget, uses 50 percent of U.S. land, and 80 percent of all freshwater consumed in the United States. Yet, 40 percent of food in the U.S. today goes uneaten. This means that Americans are throwing out the equivalent of $165 billion each year, and the uneaten food ends up rotting in landfills as the single largest component of U.S.
municipal solid waste and accounts for a large portion of U.S. methane emissions. By the non-profit National Resources Defense Council.
RTC Library Materials about Food Waste That Can Be Checked Out
In "Waste," Stuart points out that farmers, manufacturers, supermarkets, and consumers in North America and Europe discard between 30 and 50 percent of their food supplies--enough to feed all the world's hungry three times over
"Food Waste" unearths the processes that lie behind the volume of food currently wasted by households and consumers. The author demonstrates how waste arises as a consequence of households negotiating the complex and contradictory demands of everyday life, explores the reasons why surplus food ends up in the bin, and considers innovative solutions to the problem.
The "GPGP" is one of many areas of ocean littered with plastic trash. Larger items like fishing nets or plastic shopping bags are the most visible components of ocean debris, however up to 51 trillion microplastic particles float in our oceans. From TreeHugger.com
The Smithsonian’s Recycling Task Force formed in 2010 to improve waste diversion at the Smithsonian Institution. Waste diversion is the act of redirecting waste to a second use (recycling, composting) instead of sending it to a landfill.
RTC Library Materials about Garbology That Can Be Checked Out
This narrative science book about trash digs through our epic piles of trash to reveal not just what we throw away, but who we are and where our society is headed. The real secret in this book is the potential for a happy ending buried in our landfill. Waste is the one environmental and economic harm that ordinary people have the power to change, and prosper in the process.
After a soccer game at the playground, Peter and his friends help Mr. Ogilvy rediscover forgotten stuff in his shed. They help him organize and distribute the unwanted stuff to reuse centers in the community. In the end, they all learn of many ways to reuse, and its benefits.
This graphic novel, based on the author's time spent working on a garbage truck, follows the escapades of three twentysomething friends as they clean the streets of pile after pile of stinking garbage, while battling annoying small-town bureaucrats, bizarre townsfolk, sweltering summer heat, and frigid winter storms. Interspersed with this comedic epic of reeking garbage cans and exploding trash bags are nonfiction pages that detail what our garbage is and where it goes.