Is Food Waste a Problem?
According to the Food & Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, ⅓ of food produced in the world for human consumption is wasted. This equates to approximately 1.3 billion tons of food thrown out every year. In addition, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that food waste is costing us $1.3 billion to dispose of this tragedy.
BuffetGO was created to reduce food waste by creating a partnership with restaurants and allowing consumers to purchase a delicious meal at a discounted price. By connecting consumers with restaurants towards a common goal of reducing food waste, we would like to raise awareness of the horrendous effects that food waste poses on our daily lives.
You Can Help End World Hunger
Recent research suggests 1 in 6 Americans struggle to provide themselves and their families with enough food. Yet, we waste around one-third of all the food we produce while millions of people in America go hungry. We don’t think it’s right that people are going hungry when there’s more than enough to go around. With just a 15% reduction in food waste we can feed 25 million people per year.
Therefore BuffetGO pledges to donate a portion of our profits to organizations fighting hunger once we are sustainable. Together, we can make hunger a problem of the past.
Let’s Combat Climate Change
When sent to landfill, rotting food releases methane, an extremely damaging greenhouse gas that in the short-term is 84 times more potent than carbon dioxide. Reducing food waste suppresses climate change and our carbon footprint on the planet. By reducing the amount of food we needlessly send to landfills, we’re making a start to slowing down the increasing amounts of deadly greenhouse gases that are constantly being emitted into the atmosphere.
It’s not just methane either. If we stopped throwing away edible food, we’d save carbon dioxide emissions that would equate to taking one in five cars off the road. Subtle adaptations like this will help ensure our planet is a safe place for our future and our children’s future. We can’t do it alone. Help us make this possible!