Time for a war on waste

Following up to 40 to 50 percent of all US food ready for harvest never gets eaten.

The world wastes from one-third to one-half of the four billion metric tons of food it produces each year, according to a report released last week by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. Because any item of food also represents an entire chain of production, wasted food also translates into wasted fresh water, wasted energy, wasted cropland, and further contributions to global warming with no discernible counter-balancing benefit.

How much natural gas is getting wasted in North Dakota? Producers are flaring roughly one third of gas reserves in the state — enough natural gas each day to heat half a million homes.

Because of the absurdly low price of natural gas in North America, it would lose them money to capture, process and transport it. But I don’t accept that there’s nothing useful to do with that fuel on site that would break even. They just don’t care, and society says they don’t need to care.


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