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Turning waste into wealth – the urgent need for food rescue initiatives

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🗞️ Driving the news: Food rescue initiatives offer a promising solution to the twin crises of food insecurity and environmental degradation 
• By collecting surplus food and redistributing it to those in need, these initiatives tackle both the moral imperative to feed the hungry and the environmental imperative to reduce food waste

🔭 The context: Globally, about one-third of all food produced for human consumption is lost or wasted, amounting to 1.3 billion tons annually 
• This waste not only contributes to hunger but also to climate change, as decomposing food in landfills releases methane, a potent greenhouse gas

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: Food rescue reduces methane emissions from decomposing food, conserves resources used in food production, and offers significant environmental benefits by preventing good food from ending up in landfills
• These initiatives highlight a sustainable approach to addressing the climate crisis through waste reduction

⏭️ What's next: Overcoming legal, logistical, and societal challenges is essential for the expansion of food rescue initiatives 
• Collaboration among governments, businesses, and communities is crucial to streamline donation processes and encourage more widespread adoption of food rescue practices

💬 One quote: "The scale of impact achievable through such initiatives is a testament to the untapped potential of rescuing surplus food throughout the world." - Rescuing Leftover Cuisine.

📈 One stat: A 2017 World Resources Institute study found a 14:1 return on investment for every US$1 invested in reducing wasted food, highlighting the economic benefits of food rescue initiatives.

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