Across the globe, and in the United States, food waste causes negative financial, environmental, and social impacts (Plano, 2016). At the United States retail and consumer level, 90 billion pounds of food are wasted each year, which is equivalent to $161.6 billion annually (Plano, 2016). More than 50% of waste is diverted to landfills where the organic matter contaminates soil and groundwater, decomposes, and produces methane (Lopez et al., 2016). Methane, a greenhouse gas, is more potent than CO2 as it traps 25 times more radiation than CO2 (Lopez et al., 2017).
Poster prepared for the Environmental Studies Senior Seminar/Geography Capstone.
Pearlmutter, Jacquelyn, and J.R. Mastro. "The Trayless Dining Movement and the University's Future Transition." Poster session for Environmental Studies Senior Seminar/Geography Capstone, University of Richmond, April 20, 2017.