Peer into your average American dumpster, and you might walk away thinking we enjoy wasting food almost as much as we enjoy eating it. About a third of all food in the world that’s produced for human consumption — roughly 1.2 billion tons — goes to waste, according to United Nations’ estimates. Meanwhile, millions of people around the world suffer from chronic hunger.
In the United States, nearly 40 percent of the food supply gets tossed in the garbage, much of it piled in rapidly rising mountains of trash. Comic journalist Andy Warner sniffs out an alarmingly rotten issue — one that might make you think twice before tossing out that pizza crust.
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- UN FAO food waste report
- NRDC study
- Kevin Hall: Food waste environmental impact study
- USDA report on food insecurity
- KQED Quest video segment
Andy Warner’s comic journalism has been published by Symbolia, Slate, popsci.com, American Public Media, Campus Progress and more. You can see more of his work at: andywarnercomics.com and andywarnercomics.tumblr.com