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In One Year a Billion Tons of Food Got Wasted — Mostly at Home

Emissions produced by rotting scraps create a major climate problem

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There is something that the average person can do to slow down climate change, and it can be accomplished without leaving the house. Don’t waste food.

Some 931 million tons of it went to waste in 2019, according to the United Nations Environment Programme. Individual households were responsible for more than half of that, with the rest coming from retailers and the food service industry.