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Published 19 February, 2020
Is there a direct link between food wastage and climate change?
Food wastage is undoubtedly a perennial problem, globally. It is cruel to waste food. Because when we waste food, we are not only wasting food but also all the resources that went into growing it, including water. As we know, large quantities of wasted food items end up in landfills and become a significant source of methane — a potent greenhouse gas. Greenhouse gas emission is one of the most significant contributors to climate change.
Malaysia, like many other countries in Asia, also faces food wastage problem. And there has not been a sophisticated mechanism to address this menace effectively.
“Food wastage has been a rising pollution issue in Malaysia, but no one has taken it seriously yet,” Chelsea Chee tells e27. “Many people find lucrative business opportunities in the recycling of other types of waste, but organic waste has been left untouched due to its messiness and high handling cost. We are here to fill this gap.”