When it comes to environmental problems, you might think of global problems like climate change or pollution. However, food waste is a commonly overlooked problem that yet still affects communities around the world. First, as we throw out extra food, precious resources are wasted, which could have gone to impoverished communities, causing more world hunger. In fact, 1.3 billion tons of food are wasted every year just because of this. Not only that, but it also intensifies food insecurity in marginalized communities, due to reduced food availability. More often, all this wasted food goes to landfills, which creates dirtier and more disease prone environments in nearby communities. Along with causing problems for us humans, food waste also intensifies and accelerates other environmental issues, such as global warming, in which it causes 8-10 percent of all greenhouse gases, which is a huge portion considering how local this problem is to us. Having to make space for more landfills and farmlands for otherwise unnecessary food demand also puts pressure on the biodiversity of ecosystems. We have our sights on the prospect of composting and have this workshop to help people understand what is compositing and how does the compositing benefit the environment. We also have a hands-on project for you to learn how to do compositing by yourself.
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