According to the UN Environment Programme, the impact of food waste is not just financial. Environmentally, food loss and waste leads to a major squandering of resources, including water, land, energy, labor and capital and needlessly produce greenhouse gas emissions, significantly contributing to global warming and climate change.
A study by Development Research News of the Philippine Institute for Development Studies showed that Metro Manila produces 5,800 tons of solid waste per day, and 75% of these come from households. Food scraps take up half of all household waste (around 2,175 tons), followed by paper (16%), plastics (15%), yard, textiles and rubber (10%) and glass (9%). (Source: http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/lifestyle/01/13/11/how-recycle-food-waste)
Based on a study by the Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI) and International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), Filipinos waste up to three table spoons of rice every day. As a result, the country, having a population of 94 million, wastes 308,000 tons of rice every year. This loss equates to P8.4billion a year, enough to feed four million hungry Filipinos or build 24,000 classrooms.
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