Target: President Barack Obama
Goal: Stop high rates of food waste that cost us billions and make climate change worse.
A horrifying third of all food produced worldwide ends up thrown away and wasted, according to a recent study. This incredible statistic presents a significant national and international economic and environmental issue. Demand that President Obama launch an effort to cut down on our rampant food waste.
A third of all food produced around the world is an incredible amount. Put in financial terms, it means that $400 billion is wasted internationally every single year. Economic issues aside, though, this extreme rate of waste presents a significant environmental issue as well, since it exacerbates climate change.
Every metric ton of wasted food produces between four and five metric tons of greenhouse gases—a rate so high that if global food waste was considered a country, it would be the third highest producer of greenhouse gasses in the world. Not only is money being squandered from unnecessary food waste, but climate change is getting worse and worse. We’re in a lose-lose situation.
In the United States, most food is wasted by farmers throwing away between 20 and 40 percent of all produce because it doesn’t meet aesthetic standards, and by people who buy too much food and throw away what they don’t consume. Sign the petition below to demand that President Obama launch efforts to address this catastrophic waste here in America.
Dear President Obama,
I am writing you today regarding the issue of food waste. The United States, unfortunately, is a huge contributor to this international problem. A recent study published by the Waste & Resources Action Program has brought some sobering facts to light—facts that demand action.
The study found that approximately a third of all food produced worldwide is wasted every year. This represents a profound economic waste, as well as a profound environmental cost, as food releases greenhouse gasses when it decomposes.
American farmers contribute to this problem by throwing away almost half of all produce that they grow because it doesn’t meet aesthetic standards, and American consumers contribute to this problem by purchasing too much food and throwing away that which they don’t end up eating. So we are throwing billions of dollars in the garbage every year and making climate change much worse while we do it. From any point of view, that’s not good.
While food waste is a global issue, we can’t try to get others to change their habits if we are not able to do so ourselves. I urge you to launch a national campaign aimed at drastically reducing our rate of food waste by consumers and farmers.
[Your Name Here]
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