How Can We Make Food Waste Socially Unacceptable?

While public policy, technology and corporate actions play a large role in influencing the trajectory of emissions, the daily choices billions of consumers make about whether to walk or drive, or the temperature they set in their homes, can be just as impactful. According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Sixth Assessment Report, changing consumer behavior can potentially reduce greenhouse gas emissions 40-70% by 2050.That includes changing consumer behavior around food waste. Today, an estimated 17% of all food produced in the world is wasted at the consumer end of the food supply chain—in retail, food service and households. If current trends persist, food waste will double by 2050.

L Goodwin, S Blondin, S Attwood
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