Wasting Food, Wasting Water

Global Food Politics

I’ve written previously about the problem of food waste and freeganism as a political movement to address that waste. Now, Pope Francis has entered the fray, denouncing the “culture of waste” of modern economies and likening wasting food to “stealing from the table of those who are poor and hungry.” And blogging at NPR’s The Salt, Eliza Barclay notes that food waste is directly connected to global climate change.

Now, the World Resources Institute has issued a study  making the connection between wasting food and wasting water. While the connection seems obvious, the scale of the waste is mindboggling. According to WRI, inside the estimated 1.3 billion tons of food wasted every year is some 45 trillion gallons of water—representing over one-sixth of all water used globally in a year. That is, almost eighteen percent of all water used globally in a year is used to produce…

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About argylesock

I wrote a PhD about veterinary parasitology so that's the starting point for this blog. But I'm now branching out into other areas of biology and into popular science writing. I'll write here about science that happens in landscapes, particularly farmland, and about science involving interspecific interactions. Datasets and statistics get my attention. Exactly where this blog will lead? That's a journey that I'm on and I hope you'll come with me.
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