What this means in concrete terms is that the greenhouse gas associated with the production, processing, transport and storage of all non-consumed food corresponds to roughly half of what both China and the USA emit into the atmosphere each year. For Germany this figure stands at approximately one giga ton, i.e. less than one third of all global emissions caused by food loss and waste. 3.3 giga tons – or 3.3 billion tons in other words – are an enormous amount. By comparison: the greenhouse gas emissions associated with road traffic in all of the USA totalled 1.5 giga tons in 2010.

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