Rotten Spoiled Food. Springnuts, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Climate Campaign to Eliminate Food Waste

Essay by Eric Worrall

A global green campaign is in progress to reduce farm acreage and eliminate food waste, to prevent climate change and over-exploitation of natural resources.

We’ve overexploited the planet, now we need to change if we’re to survive

Patrick Vallance
Fri 8 Jul 2022 21.30 AEST

Addressing the twin challenges of carbon emissions and biodiversity loss requires political will and leadership. Ambitious commitments must be made

The relationship between humans and nature is under intense and increasing strain. The report released today by Ipbes, the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (akin to the IPCC reports on climate change), provides compelling evidence that humans are overexploiting wild species and habitats. Harmful activities, including habitat destruction, poor farming practices and pollution, have altered ecosystems significantly, driving many species past the point of recovery. In Great Britain alone, of the 8,431 species assessed in the 2019 State of Nature report, 1,188 are threatened with extinction. Globally, there are an estimated one million at risk, with biodiversity declining at a faster rate than at any time in human history.

The climate crisis is exacerbating the issue. Many species simply cannot adapt to the scale and pace of changing temperatures. For example, warming seas and ocean acidification are devastating coral reefs around the world. This year, the Great Barrier Reef suffered its sixth mass bleaching event since 1998 with more than 90% of reefs affected. In many cases, when an ecosystem loses biodiversity, it becomes less able to store carbon, contributing to further climate change. We have a vicious cycle: climate change leads to biodiversity losses, which in turn leads to further climate change. As governments around the world develop plans to reduce carbon emissions and conserve biodiversity, the message is simple: we must solve both problems together.

There are also simple day-to-day things we can do to benefit our environment; for instance, reducing food waste. Currently about 30% of all food produced globally goes uneaten, meaning a significant proportion of the resources, and importantly the land used to grow, process, pack and transport it, is wasted and less able to support biodiversity.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2022/jul/08/climate-crisis-biodiversity-decline-overexploited-planet-change-to-survive-aoe

Some greens have been pretty explicit about what they expect from us, with a proposal to genetically engineer gut flora, so people can metabolise and enjoy the taste of completely rotten food.

The UN spells out their expectations, in their food waste FAQ.

Key messages

  1. There is never room for food loss and waste!
  2. Reducing food loss and waste, provides a powerful means to strengthen the sustainability of our food systems and improve planetary health.
  3. Increasing the efficiency of our food systems and reducing food loss and waste, necessitates investment in innovation, technologies and infrastructure.
  4. Recovery and redistribution make good use of surplus food and contribute to improving access to food for the food insecure, preventing food waste and ensuring economic, environmental and social benefits.
  5. Diverting food waste to composting is better than sending it to a landfill, but preventing food from being wasted in the first place is an even better way to lessen the impact on the environment.
  6. Realising and maximising the positive impacts of reducing food loss and waste, requires good governance and human capital development, as well as collaboration and partnerships.

Read more: https://www.fao.org/international-day-awareness-food-loss-waste/en/

I believe it is no coincidence that the Dutch government is attempting to force a 30% reduction in lifestock. The Dutch are completely serious about implementing this green madness, they have no hesitation confronting farmers with lethal force when the farmers object to the deliberate financial destruction of their businesses. Maybe they figure that when food production is reduced, they won’t need so many farmers.

Once arable farmland and our food supply has been cut, my guess is politicians will explain its our fault if we go hungry. We should have listened when they told us to reduce our food waste to zero. Maybe they’ll help us out, and offer us some of those genetically engineered gut bacteria, so we can don’t have to discard the mouldy bits.

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Paul S.
July 11, 2022 10:07 am

Entirely rotten article

Gordon A. Dressler
Reply to  Paul S.
July 11, 2022 12:32 pm

There you go . . . you spoiled it for me.

Elliot W
July 11, 2022 10:14 am

Remember that Ehrlich fellow decades ago, moaning on about famine and mass starvation? Then fertilizers and modern farming put paid to his claims. Now the Watermelons want to restrict those farming practices thereby killing off a few billion people — and chortling as they tell us it’s to save the planet from weather and that we should eat garbage food. It’s hard not to believe that mass death isn’t the point here.
The Netherlands and Canada export food; if farms don’t produce, somebody is not eating.

n.n
Reply to  Elliot W
July 11, 2022 12:39 pm

Ethics is a relativistic, selective, often opportunistic religion (i.e. behavioral protocol)… cargo cult, really, and primary enterprise of human rites in secular societies through time, space, and diverse blocs.

Gary Pearse
Reply to  Elliot W
July 11, 2022 1:18 pm

It looks like it’s already too late to prevent idiot Western policy prescription from creating global extreme poverty and famine, even if we stopped this global marxist putsch today. A major depression is now unavoidable.

The coming winter in the NH will be brutal and upward spiraling prices for everything is already baked in. BoJo suddenly realized it and was flapping around aimlessly trying to get more nat gas and coal too late. Germany knows their horrible mistake too late. US will have new lawmakers in November and will likely be least affected (though it will be tough for them too). Canada, NZ, Australia and the rest of Western Europe are so disconnected from reality they just won’t know what’s hitting them.

Lance Flake
July 11, 2022 10:22 am

We’ve overexploited the planet, ” – apparently they think that there is an optimal exploitation level /sarc

The relationship between humans and nature” says everything you need to know. Humans are part of nature, not apart from it. When you start with such an epistemological error the rest is crap.

fretslider
Reply to  Lance Flake
July 11, 2022 11:11 am

Relationship counselling is available for the faithful

Fran
Reply to  Lance Flake
July 11, 2022 11:25 am

He seems not to know that more efficient modern farming has allowed rather a lot of marginal farm land to go back to scrub and forest.

Comacine
Reply to  Fran
July 11, 2022 1:28 pm

Except for that scrubland that is brought back into production for ethanol (in the US at least) with commensurate degradation to water quality.

michael hart
Reply to  Fran
July 14, 2022 5:19 pm

Yes. And modern agricultural practices also mean that a lot more of our food reaches the dinner plate (in a far better condition). Previously a much higher percentage was devoured by pests and lost to spoilage before we were confronted with limited choice of very sub-standard food that caused higher frequencies of food poisoning and GI cancers.

Modern agriculture provides us with more, better, diverse (spit, there’s that much-abused word), safer, cheaper food than at any time in history. Yet the glass is always “half-empty” according to the usual suspects. And no, I don’t work in the industry or take money from it. The problem with the Western diet is what we choose to eat, not what is available.

MarkW
Reply to  Lance Flake
July 11, 2022 11:51 am

According to the greens I’ve talked to, any use of nature by man is exploitation.
If men are not starving, that’s proof of over exploitation.

william Johnston
Reply to  MarkW
July 11, 2022 7:28 pm

So when do the greens start reducing their exploitation?

TonyG
Reply to  william Johnston
July 12, 2022 9:29 am

They have to overexploit so that they can run around and tell everyone else to stop exploiting.

Rud Istvan
July 11, 2022 10:22 am

Reducing food waste to zero requires two basic things. Transportation to move surplus to scarcity. Refrigeration for preservation. India loses over 1/4 of what is harvested for want of both. Both add GHG. Cannot have it both ways. More magical thinking by the truly dumb.

Fran
Reply to  Rud Istvan
July 11, 2022 11:26 am

For fruit and veg, also CO2 storage.

MarkW
Reply to  Rud Istvan
July 11, 2022 11:52 am

You also need the extensive use of chemicals to kill rodents and insects that would eat that food before it can get to the humans.

Pop Piasa
Reply to  Rud Istvan
July 11, 2022 12:15 pm

They have the transportation part hobbled completely by the EPA regulations on diesel emissions and the requirement of DEF. Most of the Urea used to manufacture it came from Russia before sanctions were imposed.

Now add BlackRock Inc controlling most of the Urea and the only railroad that ships it, Union Pacific. Now the price of fertilizer has tripled and DEF shortages are predicted. This will definitely impact grocery store shelves, which as any millennial will tell you is where food comes from.

Spetzer86
Reply to  Rud Istvan
July 11, 2022 12:30 pm

Seems like Russia and China have both had programs to minimize food waste. I’ve never heard either country being footed as models for the practice.

David Dibbell
Reply to  Rud Istvan
July 11, 2022 12:57 pm

It requires modern polymer packaging materials too. Encourage single use plastic.

Pete Bonk
Reply to  Rud Istvan
July 11, 2022 7:26 pm

“More magical thinking by the willfully delusional” is more to the point. We’ve been warned that liberalism is a mental disorder; this proposal provides more proof.

observa
Reply to  Rud Istvan
July 12, 2022 5:04 am

Spot on that MDCs waste very little food whereas LDCs often starve not from the lack of food production but due to the lack of transport logistics and storage. It’s the use of fossil fuels that minimizes wastage and the need for even more agricultural land use but the Green numpties simply don’t get it.

Rather they obsess over chucking out some pitiful mouldy or out of date food from our fridges whilst tonnes of food goes rotten or is devoured by pests in the third world. They’ll still use those global statistics to push their barrow though the same as they’ll amalgamate global air pollution to frighten children with their evil propaganda.

Frank from NoVA
July 11, 2022 10:25 am

There’s an army of fanatics out there, and while some of the troops may be ‘working’ pro-bono, their leaders are certainly getting paid, either directly or indirectly by taxpayers. If we ever get around to cutting back Fed government overreach in the US, priority also has to be given to defunding all the UN programs that espouse big government eco-nonsense.

Derg
Reply to  Frank from NoVA
July 11, 2022 5:06 pm

Good one Frank…smaller government.

Drake
Reply to  Frank from NoVA
July 12, 2022 4:20 pm

Get rid of EVERY program or federal department which REQUIRES employing liberals to tell other people how to think.

CRT, DEI, DEA, FBI, DOJ, EPA, DOE, etc. etc.

fretslider
July 11, 2022 10:25 am

We do things differently…

“Older farmers in England will be paid to retire under a UK government scheme to bring new blood into the trade.

Some older farmers are resistant to new “green” methods, Environment Secretary George Eustice believes, and he wants them to move on.”

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-57149744

MarkW
Reply to  fretslider
July 11, 2022 11:54 am

God forbid people who actually know what they are doing continue to farm.

Editor
Reply to  fretslider
July 11, 2022 3:01 pm

The new green methods didn’t work out too well in Sri Lanka.

Drake
Reply to  Eric Worrall
July 12, 2022 4:21 pm

AND didn’t have enough of other people’s money to make it work.

Brad-DXT
July 11, 2022 10:36 am

The UN is a blatantly false disseminator of information filled with lying politicians and tyrants. It should be pushed out of the U.S. and put on neutral ground. I suggest Antarctica.

If they were serious about cutting down on the acreage used for farming, they would stop promoting using food for fuel production. Ethanol has limited use in modern vehicles.

It is useful to know what the corruptocrats are intending by these statements. They are signaling that they only want a small number of people in the future.
We already had one pandemic that was poorly managed in most of the world. As I have heard, the Marburg virus is making a resurgence.

I don’t think they are done causing global de-population.

Retired_Engineer_Jim
Reply to  Brad-DXT
July 11, 2022 1:07 pm

South Georgia Island.

Auto
Reply to  Retired_Engineer_Jim
July 13, 2022 8:30 am

And, pray, tell me what the penguins there have done to deserve such UNpleasant neighbours?

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Tom Halla
July 11, 2022 10:37 am

Obviously, no one remotely involved in food production, transport, or sales had anything to do with writing this proposal.

MarkW
Reply to  Tom Halla
July 11, 2022 11:55 am

According to the woke, taking a course in college makes one better educated compared to a lifetime of actually doing.

Richard Page
Reply to  MarkW
July 11, 2022 5:21 pm

Worse than that, far worse. According to one rather woke friend of mine, going to college makes you more intelligent – she really does believe that. It’s both sad and frightening that people don’t know any better.

DMacKenzie
Reply to  Tom Halla
July 11, 2022 12:27 pm

Of the total land area of or planet of 149 million sq. Km. only 11 million is cropland while 28 million is considered pasture/herd lands.  Another 12  million is bush, 39 million is forest and jungle, about 1.5 million is within city limits, but some cities are less than half urban development.  Animal husbandry is the best way to economically utilize those 28 million Sq. Km.  And the other half of the land area of the planet is rocks, desert, and ice. 

You will read that livestock takes up nearly 80% of global agricultural land, yet produces less than 20% of the world’s supply of calories, but that is because pasture land is often not economically cultivable cropland, at least until there is demand for the crop to be grown upon it and people are willing to pay more for the types of food that could be grown on that land, such as potatoes.  In fact, several countries pay farmers to NOT grow crops on a percentage of their cultivated land in order to keep prices stable enough to ensure economic viability of agriculture in their country.  

Given enough rain or irrigation, a considerable amount of the animal pasture and bush lands could be made into cropland without the need to develop any of the desert lands, although attempts to grow vegetation in the dessert gets inordinate media coverage.  

 People who believe mankind is limited by our present ability to produce food just aren’t in touch with reality.  We could produce 3 times as much. At the present time, hunger is the result of failure to distribute the available food, usually due to political strife, poverty, or lack of roads, transportation, and markets. 

Pflashgordon
Reply to  DMacKenzie
July 12, 2022 4:14 am

Excellent comment, DMacKenzie.

The greens “newly discovered” issue of food waste (as evidenced by trayless dining in school cafeterias and college campus vegetable gardens) is almost entirely ignorant of reality. For centuries, legions of professionals in agricultural research and development, engineering and technology, teaching/extension and agribusiness have been continually improving the variety, quality and availability of food from pre-production to the consumer. Spurred by personal enterprise and profit motive or even mere survival for subsistence farmers/ranchers, efficiency and waste minimization have been integral to their efforts. In the U.S., for over 150 years, states have had ag research and extension programs getting the latest technologies, ag chemicals, cultivars, and methods into the hands of farmers and ranchers. Those thousands of extension agents are the true environmental educators, producing literature, holding field days and seminars, and giving one-on-one advice across the fence post.

Greens are largely ignorant busybodies who sit in their urban, campus or basement offices saying tsk tsk and making lists of how bad everything is while sipping their fair trade lattés. If they had lived in my parents generation, many of them would be doing this instead:

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Pflashgordon
Reply to  Pflashgordon
July 12, 2022 4:14 am

Or this:

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Pflashgordon
Reply to  Pflashgordon
July 12, 2022 4:15 am

Or this:

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Pflashgordon
Reply to  DMacKenzie
July 12, 2022 4:30 am

By my rough calculations, the world could easily feed a trillion people. So population and food production / waste are not the limiting factors. Environmental activists and stupid politicians should get off the backs of our primary producers of food and energy. But they won’t. From their twisted and fevered minds, on the macro-level, population must be slashed by any means possible, just so long as they are among the privileged few allowed to survive. They rail against Putin’s war, yet they intend to cause far more suffering and needless death.

As noted already, their mantra is DIE, Diversity, Inclusion & Equity. They make their goal perfectly plain. Unknown to these foolish, hapless green-shirted foot soldiers (even Mikey Mann and Andrew Dessler), they are also to be swept aside by the rich, powerful and insulated WEF, Soros, et al.

Rudi K
July 11, 2022 10:44 am

Of course the Greens make no mention of the importance of well designed packaging in reducing food waste. At the same time other Green initiatives seek to eliminate packaging and thereby exacerbate the food waste problem. Greens seem to expect food waste to disappear by magic.

Kevin kilty
July 11, 2022 11:19 am

Diverting food waste to composting is better than sending it to a landfill, but preventing food from being wasted in the first place is an even better way to lessen the impact on the environment.

But, but, but composting and/or plowing back under is Granholm’s response to a potential lack of fossil fuel derived fertilizers and is good management, according to someone who has never farmed.

Look madam, people have a financial incentive to reduce waste. Leave it at that. Round and round the circular reasoning goes.

Reply to  Kevin kilty
July 11, 2022 11:33 am

As a former Governor to this long time Michigan resident,
I can assure you that Granholm knows a lot about natural fertilizers.
She has been spreading BS for years!

tgasloli
Reply to  Kevin kilty
July 11, 2022 3:05 pm

In composting the “dangerous greenhouse gas methane” is released into the atmosphere. In landfills it is collected and combusted to produce electricity.

So which is worse for the environment?

Fran
July 11, 2022 11:22 am

Back when I lived in the city(well to do suburb), every house invested in a large plastic composting thing. Over many years I never saw one emptied and compost put into the garden except mine. When they filled up they were left to rot.

Mr.
Reply to  Fran
July 11, 2022 1:10 pm

Yes, but think how much virtue was signaled.

ResourceGuy
July 11, 2022 11:32 am

A phase three campaign pamphlet for overreach

July 11, 2022 11:36 am

The ABC’s of leftism

(A) Claim everything is wrong. or broken
(B) Claim that you must be in charge of fixing it
(C) Make everything you touch worse

Mr.
Reply to  Richard Greene
July 11, 2022 1:13 pm

“The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by an endless series of hobgoblins, most of them imaginary.”
― H.L. Mencken

Auto
Reply to  Richard Greene
July 13, 2022 8:44 am

Richard,
I like it, but I suggest there is a need to incorporate OPM; so, perhaps,
… (D) Spend huge amounts of Other People’s Money in achieving (C), above. . . .

Auto

Pop Piasa
July 11, 2022 11:44 am

Eliminate food waste- Quit turning it into ethanol…

markl
July 11, 2022 11:45 am

Bill Gates and China buying farm land. Nitrogen is the new CO2 in calls for banning ….. already in process in the Netherlands and underway in Canada. Food processing plants burning up at an alarming rate all over America. Coincidental? The Socialists/Marxists/Communists are working their plan to control energy an food for the world.

MarkW
July 11, 2022 11:48 am

A campaign to eliminate food would be a better description of their actions.

MJPenny
July 11, 2022 11:51 am

If there is no food surplus leading to “waste” the there is a deficit leading to hunger. There will never be a perfect equilibrium.

Olen
July 11, 2022 12:01 pm

None of this is true, its jabberwocky. They are making claims that everyone could see but do not. Why is that, because there is nothing to see in what they say except it is not true.

Like in the old USSR while the average Russian had little food the rulers had all they wanted and had luxurious resorts set aside for themselves. That double standard can now be seen here with top politicians doing what they forbid citizens from doing.

Shoki Kaneda
July 11, 2022 12:13 pm

Providing food to climatistas is a complete waste. We should eliminate that.

Paul C
July 11, 2022 12:17 pm

Far better to produce excess food, and not be able to consume all of it than to produce too little food and desperately consume the blighted potatoes, rotten tomatoes, and moldy rye. Excess food is sometimes “wasted” as in going to landfill, but that is largely because of elimination of other uses for it – such as pigswill. The less appetising outer leaves of the cabbage may be composted rather than eaten, but that is NOT a problem. Wasting enormous resources of time and energy to eliminate the waste of cheaply produced surplus food of marginal quality – refrigeration, transport, preserving – just to provide a sub-standard gruel forced onto the destitute IS a problem. Under normal market forces, the lower quality grains would go to animal feed, and only the worst would go to industrial alcohol production. Under the big green industrial complex, prime farmland is removed from food production so the elite can have fuel crops, and the poor can starve if there are not enough insects to feed them. Surplus is a good thing, and selecting the best quality to consume follows. Starvation is a BAD thing.

Andrew Halloran
July 11, 2022 12:18 pm

How are we going to stop the leaves from falling in the fall? Should they ALL be dumped in the — on Mars, or the moon? And potato skins after peeling, or will potatoes be banned? Crazy, Crazy, Crazy and getting worse every day!

AndyH

Rob_Dawg
July 11, 2022 12:22 pm

I am strongly inclined to dismiss ANYTHING that invokes “sustainablity.” Words can mean whaterever you want. Give me a formal, testable definition.

Drake
Reply to  Rob_Dawg
July 12, 2022 4:41 pm

I can’t give you a definition because leftists are forever changing definitions of all terms useful to their political goals, but.

Example of “sustainable”: Renewable energy (unreliable) generation methods which themselves are 90% or more non-recyclable. When measuring on an economically recyclable scale, 95% or more non-recyclable.

So if something is “good” to a leftist it is “sustainable” regardless of the resources wasted and unrecoverable in implementing the system that is gooder than the old bad way.

Gordon A. Dressler
July 11, 2022 12:32 pm

Reducing/eliminating food waste is a good thing . . . preventing climate change is simply not possible.

MarkW
Reply to  Gordon A. Dressler
July 11, 2022 12:59 pm

It’s only a good thing if the value of the food saved exceeds the cost of saving it.

Drake
Reply to  MarkW
July 12, 2022 4:42 pm

Ditto. Cost/benefit analysis, totally unnecessary to a leftist since they do every thing with other people’s money.

n.n
July 11, 2022 12:35 pm

A campaign to elect abortion of the Green blight of environment, ecology, and rare Earth dumps? Progress… uh, one step forward.

Old Man Winter
July 11, 2022 12:44 pm

“The UN spells out their expectations, in their food waste FAQ.”

I thought the UN’s position was that “ending hunger globally would be a disaster” as otherwise
there would be no one left willing to clean their toilets!

https://www.climatedepot.com/2022/07/06/un-journal-article-explains-the-benefits-of-world-hunger-ending-hunger-globally-would-be-a-disaster-who-would-clean-our-toilets/

Joao Martins
July 11, 2022 12:45 pm

I would like to have the authors of the piece defining “food waste” when all the greens and “environmentalists” push agricultural production to NOT USE fungicides and insecticides that would prevent food spoilage… Am I missing something of this story?

Peta of Newark
July 11, 2022 12:49 pm

The only time when food is wasted is when it is burned.
No matter how scientifically elegant, technically-clever or well intentioned.

No matter how ‘wasted’ it is. as long as it’s taken back to the place (or somewhere similar) that it grew in the first place – it would actually do a genuine power of climatic good

Uno me, uno y

Eat rotten food, those art students are a bundle of joy aren’t they not.

There is no real reason why not, when the stuff gets into our stomachs that is pretty well what happens to it, viscously and variously dismantled by bacteria.
Digestion is = High Speed Rotting

Where wasted/rotten food goes wrong is when, as is always the case, fungi and yeasts are doing the rotting. Maybe even a few virus get in on the act.
And they use some truly insane, ugly and desperately toxic chemistry to do so.

If something tastes bad, it is bad. period
That is in fact why we have such senses in the first place.

PS How many centuries late is this muppet with his ‘inhaler’ thing to purify bad food.

It is in fact what the ‘Born with a silver spoon in your mouth‘ was all about

My understanding of that was, yes maybe you need to be rich and well-to-do to own any silver spoons but primarily it alluded to the fact/observation that you had unusually good health

Silver being an extremely potent bactericide, just on cantact, so that if you as a baby were being fed with anything ‘a bit off’ – the silver spoon/cutlery sterilised it for you.
You would also ingest some tiny amount of silver with each meal and it would work inside you as a bactericide.
Contemporary health freaks and nuts now rave endlessly about Colloidal Silver
(Ask NASA about Silver, it’s how the keep Space Stations clean)

Modern people are much more intelligent – they eat Glyphosate to do their sterilising.
Nothing could possibly go wrong.
Well, nothing much like autism, dementia and covid.
Apart from them, everything’s hunky dory.

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meab
Reply to  Peta of Newark
July 11, 2022 6:13 pm

The US FDA says over-the-counter drugs and supplements containing colloidal silver or silver salts aren’t safe and effective. Silver has no known benefits when swallowed and isn’t essential to the human body. Eating silver will turn your skin to blue/grey, and the color change is permanent. It’s a condition called argyria.

If Peta recommends something it’s probably bad. Don’t do anything he recommends without doing some sane research first.

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Doonman
July 11, 2022 1:19 pm

Are you highly concerned about the fate of the earth because of what humans are doing to it?

Then I suggest you eliminate yourself quickly in order to be true to your beliefs.

I’d also suggest that any effort to keep humans alive as long as possible is misguided and should not be supported. Avoid immunization, smoke, drink, do illegal drugs and engage in risky behavior as much as possible. The bane of the Earth is humans and we need less of them, so stop prolonging your existence here. Stop being hypocritical and do something fatal that actually will be a benefit to the earth.

Paul Hurley (aka PaulH)
July 11, 2022 1:34 pm

My alma mater has a food science program. They recently sent an email blast proclaiming the following:

  • 33% of greenhouse gases are from food systems.
  • 50% of food produced is wasted.
  • 768 million people are food insecure globally.
  • 1 in 10 people get sick from contaminated food every year.

Yikes. They don’t provide a source for these figures, but I guess the idea is to get people to click on the link they provide to check out their program.

Mohatdebos
July 11, 2022 1:47 pm

The authors have never gone hungry. I would like to see them explain to poor people in Pakistan or India why they should starve.

Right-Handed Shark
July 11, 2022 2:12 pm

What food waste? The pictured punnet of peaches perfectly depicts the carbon cycle in action. Bacteria are breaking the peaches down into CO2 and water ready for the next generation of plants to feed on. The planet doesn’t care whether this happens in your stomach or in the open air. What have you got against bacteria?

#BacteriaLivesMatter

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Izaak Walton
July 11, 2022 2:16 pm

Eric,
What exactly is wrong with a “global green campaign … to reduce farm acreage and eliminate food waste, to prevent climate change and over-exploitation of natural resources”?

Currently about 1/3 of the food wasted is because people buy food that they don’t eat. While a significant fraction of the rest is because supermarkets will not buy “ugly” fruit and vegetables meaning that farmers have to leave their crops to rot. Stopping this would not only save money for consumers since they would not leave food to rot in their fridges but also provide more money for farmers since more of their crops would be sold. In addition reducing the amount of food wasted could enable less land to be farmed leaving more land for wildlife. There does not appear to be any significant downside to reducing food waste.

Editor
Reply to  Izaak Walton
July 11, 2022 3:24 pm

Food is not distributed evenly. People in some parts of the world have too little to eat, while others have more than enough. The countries with more than enough tend to export food, which helps those with less. Forcibly reducing food production, even in countries with more than enough, will do most harm to those who already don’t have enough. This “global green campaign” is misdirected. Instead of trying to cut the production of food, it would be better to try to improve farm productivity in impoverished areas – including the supply of equipment and the fuel to run it and of fertilisers and of improved seed varieties – and to try to improve the distribution of food.

Mr.
Reply to  Izaak Walton
July 11, 2022 5:02 pm

You make some valid points Izaak.

Nevertheless, my main concern is calling it a –
“global GREEN campaign … to reduce farm acreage and eliminate food waste, TO PREVENT CLIMATE CHANGE and over-exploitation of natural resources”

Firstly, the “GREEN” word should be dropped.
Everyone by now knows that anything touted as “Green” never works properly.

Secondly, the “PREVENT CLIMATE CHANGE” reference should also be dropped.
Survey after survey, poll after poll reveals that the vast majority of ordinary people won’t pay or do anything that impacts their daily living options in the hope of goldilocks weather conditions for ever more.

another ian
Reply to  Eric Worrall
July 11, 2022 5:24 pm

Look how well “just in time supply” has been going lately

Izaak Walton
Reply to  Eric Worrall
July 11, 2022 5:51 pm

Yes but at the moment there is wasted food and people going hungry. Worst of all possible worlds.

rhs
Reply to  Izaak Walton
July 11, 2022 9:37 pm

Remind me of when in history some people haven’t been starving?
Also, do you have anything showing change over time of what percentage of the population has been starving? Although the number seems to increase, I’m pretty sure as a percentage, the numbers have been going down.

Derg
Reply to  Izaak Walton
July 11, 2022 5:09 pm

“ There does not appear to be any significant downside to reducing food waste.”

You are almost as dumb as Simon…geez.

Nik
July 11, 2022 2:24 pm

“Our food systems….”)

What’s this “our” business?

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John Bell
July 11, 2022 2:46 pm

Time for torches and pitchforks, the leftists need to be dragged thru the streets.

RevJay4
July 11, 2022 2:48 pm

Yikes! More stupid stuff from the climate religious cultists. Getting really tired of hearing about it. And seeing the really dumb politicians pulling strings to follow the dictates of the cult ideology.
Time for revolts, yet?

tgasloli
July 11, 2022 3:01 pm

Famines are caused by bad government policy. The governments of the developed world are now working to create famines. Insane.

Bob
July 11, 2022 3:07 pm

More mindless gibberish from evil green fools and their political, administrative and bureaucrat accomplices.

Chris Hanley
July 11, 2022 3:15 pm

The climate crisis is exacerbating the issue

There is no ‘climate crisis’.

Gunga Din
Reply to  Chris Hanley
July 11, 2022 7:52 pm

There wasn’t one but there is now; caused by the attempts to fix what ain’t broke.

Y.D. Robinson
July 11, 2022 3:41 pm

Food waste and biodiversity loss are real major problems. Man-made climate change, not so much!

Drake
Reply to  Y.D. Robinson
July 12, 2022 5:11 pm

Biodiversity loss is a real major problem? Really?

Provide a link to ANYTHING scientific that shows the level of “biodiversity loss” is a “major” problem.

And food waste is only a major problem for those starving and MOST of those who are starving are NOT starving due to food waste but due to government incompetence and/or obstruction of the operation of the free market/free enterprise. See Sri Lanka as an example of THAT.

July 11, 2022 3:51 pm

In the socialist utopia of Venezuela, people regularly eat of garbage cans just to avoid starvation. That is the goal, after all. Prime steak for them twice daily, half-eaten rotten leftovers for everyone else. They told us that we will own nothing, they never said that they would own nothing.

Drake
Reply to  Eric Worrall
July 12, 2022 5:14 pm

As a child I always loved blood bread when we ate rare roasts or steaks.

Diabetic now, so I have cut back on the bread, not the steaks.

Simonsays
July 11, 2022 3:56 pm

This is part of a sinister form of economics that Marxist hide behind called Ecological Economics. I was interested in Steady State Economics at Uni, as it seemed to offer the nirvania economy. It’s not until you get into it you realise it’s not only utterly implausible but straight out Marxism.

Source Wikipedia. Since the 1970s, the concept of a steady-state economy has been associated mainly with the work of leading ecological economist Herman Daly. As Daly’s concept of a steady-state includes the ecological analysis of natural resource flows through the economy, his concept differs from the original classical concept of a stationary state. One other difference is that Daly recommends immediate political action to establish the steady-state economy by imposing permanent government restrictions on all resource use

Simonsays
Reply to  Eric Worrall
July 11, 2022 9:50 pm

Yeah I think Herman would be better off in Russia or China. Problem is he is a emeritus professor at the School of Public Policy of University of Maryland, College Park in the United States. And we worry about gender studies, this is way worse.

Drake
Reply to  Simonsays
July 12, 2022 5:19 pm

Yep, when the weather is good, till in the excess production, when the weather is bad, people starve because there is no excess from the good years.

Steady-state economy? How does that work with psychotic government responses like China Virus lockdowns?

I guess if you go with 5 year plans and average outputs, everything will average out, but our betters will get the “average” every year, the peons will get whatever is left over.

Matthew Bergin
July 11, 2022 4:27 pm

Farming directives from people that have probably never seen a farm in their entire life. Abject stupidity.🙄🤦‍♂️

another ian
July 11, 2022 5:00 pm

Don’t forget this aspect

Baxter Black’s “AARP” poem about recycling roadkill – I can’t find the words on line but it ends –

“So make it a habit to pick up your rabbit

It’s tacky to just hit and run”

But doesn’t go this far –

https://www.tweaktown.com/news/79206/latest-internet-trend-is-to-eat-raw-decomposed-rotten-high-meat/index.html

Richard Page
Reply to  another ian
July 11, 2022 5:33 pm

In the UK it is illegal to pick up roadkill from someone elses property – on public roads it’s illegal to pick up any animal that you have run over yourself but you can pick it up if someone else has run it over.

Peter
July 11, 2022 5:20 pm

I believe it is no coincidence that the Dutch government is attempting to force a 30% reduction in lifestock. The Dutch are completely serious about implementing this green madness

It is rather stupid what the Dutch government is doing. The number of people on this planet is growing. They all need food. The Dutch farmers (livestock and crops) have managed to get the highest output per hectare. While increasing this output, they have also decreased the impact on their surroundings (emissions, runoff, smell, noise, …) . E.g. Dutch cattle farms have reduced their NH3 emission (THE compound that the Dutch government is so keen on controlling) from 330 kton in the early 90’s to 120 kton in the last few years. They are the ‘cleanest’ farms in the world. The Dutch government (and others) should embrace this and tell others how to run this effectively.

Drake
Reply to  Peter
July 12, 2022 5:22 pm

Once they do this the rest of the world needs to close their borders to import of foodstuffs, let them live with their election choices.

william Johnston
July 11, 2022 7:25 pm

I am sure the pols and the FDA will b e more than happy to instruct us on how to propogate edible bugs and other fine morsels.

Farmerphil
July 11, 2022 7:35 pm

This person is absolutely bonkers. Why do these people get their ideas published? Everyone beware, No farmers, no food. It’s that simple.

another ian
Reply to  Farmerphil
July 11, 2022 8:54 pm

Some years back there was a cartoon saying

“Don’t criticise farmers with your mouth full”

ATheoK
July 11, 2022 8:46 pm

We’ve overexploited the planet, now we need to change if we’re to survive”

Nonsense!

Spun into wholesale specious claims without evidence. Counting upon people feeling guilty for things they do not understand.

marlene
July 12, 2022 12:17 am

“A global green campaign’s in progress to reduce farm acreage & eliminate food waste to prevent climate change & over-exploitation of natural resources” TRANSLATION: WE own all resources in the world & you “useless eaters” can’t have any of it. Euthanasia, anyone? If not, we’ve got genocide for you. So don’t worry, be happy. We’re always here to make “equity” & “diversity” our priority. Just remember, YOU must share what you have because we’re the shareholders, not you!

TonyG
July 12, 2022 8:53 am

So it’s ok to genetically engineer “gut flora” but not to genetically engineer the plants we eat?

Gunga Din
July 12, 2022 11:48 am

If a walnut falls in the woods and no one ate it, was it wasted?

Why does this remind me that clip of AOC where doesn’t know what a garbage disposal is? As I recall she made a comment wondering if it was ecologically sound or something like that.

Hey! AOC! Whether you eat then flush it or skip the eating part, it goes to the same place where it is broken down via “natural” processes. (Whether you have GMO gut flora or not.)

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PCman999
July 13, 2022 7:31 am

“Overexploited” – they really mean any use at all, obviously since most of the world is still very much wild, and, at least for the countries that they are complaining about, more efficient farming techniques have lead to reductions in the acreage being farmed while production continues to climb.

A wish leftist ideologues would be prevented from any political or managerial control – they kill everything they touch.

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