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Reduced Food Waste

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  • This report summarizes the food waste problem, evaluates the potential impact of reducing food waste in the coming decades, and quantifies the reduction in carbon emissions that could be achieved.
Teaching Tips


  • This article is succinct and provides information about secondary impacts (like deforestation) that are relevant to this issue.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should be familiar with the terms Gigatons, sequester, and CO2eq.


  • There are a number of related climate change solutions linked at the bottom of the page for further exploration.
  • Students can monitor and record the food waste in their household over a week and explore methods to reduce this waste.
  • Cross-curricular connections could be made with social studies and geography when discussing the different reasons for food waste in different countries.
Scientist Notes

Food waste is an environmental problem worsening the impact of climate change. This resource gives valid explanation of the correlation of food waste to climate change. Recommended for teaching.

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