CEC tallies huge food-waste cost in Nafta nations


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Here’s something to think about the next time your waiter asks whether you’re done with your meal: North Americans are wasting 168 million metric tons of food annually, and it’s a big environmental problem. According to a report issued on March 27 by the Montreal-based Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC), the life cycle of wasted food results in annual emissions of 193 million tons of greenhouse gasses. That’s equivalent to the greenhouse-gas output of 41 million cars driven continuously for a year. The CEC, the trilateral environmental-protection body created under a side agreement to the North American Free Trade Agreement (Nafta), compared food-waste levels in all three Nafta signatory countries—Canada, Mexico and the United States. U.S. residents were found to... [Log in to read more]

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