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The fat of the land: Estimating the ecological costs of overeating

With every unfinished meal since Band Aid, you've heard it: "people are starving in Africa, y'know." True, the UN estimates that rich countries throw away nearly as much food as the entire net production of sub-Saharan Africa -- about 230 million tonnes per year. But is it any less a waste to eat the excess food?  Morally, it's equivocal. Nutritionally, it depends. However: the land, water and carbon footprints are just the same.  Read more....

 

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