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This system is being used to solve two global issues at the same time

According to the United Nations Environmental Program, each year, 1.3 billion tons of food is being wasted around the world. During Covid, due to several social and economic problems, world hunger has increased. The need to decrease the amount of food wasted every year is essential now more than ever.

In June 2021, a study published by the Food and Agriculture Organization showed that 811 million people, 10% of the world population, had no food to eat. Around 570 million tons of food waste is from homes, which means that we can partially help resolve food insecurity for people everywhere.

As we remain conscious about the food being wasted, in this article, we discuss a practice to utilize the wasted food to make the best use of it.

Composting is one of the best practices for using food waste. Food that is not eaten or used each day can be composted. Using this compost for gardening can also nourish plants, reducing the need to use chemicals for the same result, if not better. Composting also helps plant growth by balancing soil density. If the soil is tight, compost helps the soil loosen. When the soil is loose, compost helps bring it together. Balancing the soil helps plants develop healthier roots, which in return increases healthy plant growth.

Not only does composting make plants develop healthier, but it also reduces environmental impacts. Composting helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions, which negatively affect climate change. Waste from food creates approximately 9% of total greenhouse gas emissions.

As humans consume natural recourse, we also need to find a way to replenish the natural resources - one of which is composting. Instead of wasting the food that will eventually end up in landfills, composting is a much more sustainable approach.

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