The connection between Thanksgiving leftovers and climate change

Rotting food in landfills emits methane gas

I know its the thanksgiving holidays, and you probably don't want to think about serious stuff, but did you know that Thanksgiving and global warming are connected?

You've probably heard that cow farts and global warming are connected.  Cow farts are methane gas, a greenhouse gas, but cows are not the only source of methane gas.  Rotting food produces methane gas.  

Thanksgiving dinner does not always get eaten except at my house where my Uncle Joe eats all the leftovers, but if you don't have an Uncle Joe, you have leftovers. A lot of leftovers get thrown out and sent to the local landfill where it rots and turns into methane gas.  

If it were only Thanksgiving, it would not be so bad, but consider this, about 40% of all food produced for human consumption in the US is not eaten, that's 240 pounds of food per person, per year.  All the food that gets thrown out ends-up in landfills, where it rots and releases methane gas.  

To give you an idea how much methane I'm talking about, if food waste could be represented as a country, it would be the third largest greenhouse  polluter, behind China and the U.S.

Now, that's a lot of gas!

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