Environmentally, food waste leads to wasteful use of chemicals such as fertilizers and pesticides; more fuel used for transportation; and more rotting food, creating more methane – one of the most harmful greenhouse gases.
In the US alone, over 40% of landfill content is food waste and methane is 23 times more potent than CO2 as a greenhouse gas.
The vast amount of food going to landfills makes a significant contribution to global methane emissions. Composting is an excellent way to utilize food waste but the problem is time, space and labor to correctly process this food waste as it takes weeks or months to properly compost food waste.
Oregon, as an example, has banned compost sites so food waste has to be hauled long distances to other states and many composters have so much compost it makes the return on investment questionable.