19 May '11, 3pm

Why Wasting Food Wastes Nature ~ ~ rt @EcoInteractive ~ #sustainability #home #eco #green #living

Why Wasting Food Wastes Nature ~ ~ rt @EcoInteractive ~ #sustainability #home #eco #green #living

Joe Fargione is lead scientist for The Nature Conservancy’s North America region. A new report by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) finds that globally, roughly one-third of all food produced for human consumption is wasted . But why is that bad news — and potentially good news — for nature? First, the bad news: Agriculture is the dominant way people use land , covering about 12 billion acres, roughly 36%, of the Earth’s land surface – and conversion of land to agricultural purposes is one of the primary threats to critical habitats like grasslands, forests and even deserts. When you waste one-third of the food that agriculture produces, it’s adding insult to injury for nature. The picture might look even bleaker when you consider that global food demand is expected to double between the years 2000 and 2050 — as the planet’s population incre...

Full article: http://blog.nature.org/2011/05/nature-brains-why-wasting-...

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