The many faces of food waste in the time of coronavirus

Discards, biofuels, meat, and opportunities for change

Ethanol Plant in Crawford, Iowa. Photo by Kurt Haubrich, https://www.flickr.com/photos/kphaubrich/26321507383/. CC BY-ND 2.0 license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/2.0/legalcode)

Overview and effective waste in the food system

Food waste in a dumpster. Photo by Taz, https://www.flickr.com/photos/sporkist/126526910/. CC BY 2.0 license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/2.0/legalcode)

Direct waste and overnutrition

Corn being harvested in Iowa, much of which will go to make ethanol. Photo by Ron Frazier, https://www.flickr.com/photos/tomronworldwide/37340662402/in/photostream/. CC BY 2.0 license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/legalcode); cropped.
Ethanol plant near Milton, WI. Photo by chumlee10, https://www.flickr.com/photos/chumlee/26348099725/. CC BY-SA 2.0 license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/legalcode)

Biofuels and ethanol

Cattle feedlot in winter. Photo by K-State Research and Extension, https://www.flickr.com/photos/ksrecomm/11820317223/. CC BY 2.0 license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/legalcode); cropped.

Animal Products

Slash and burn agriculture in Santa Cruz, Bolivia. Photo by CIAT, https://www.flickr.com/photos/ciat/4386225275/. CC BY-SA 2.0 license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/legalcode)

Broader environmental context

Conclusions

References

Academic with a background in medicine, mathematics, and engineering (MD,PhD). Interested in agriculture and how consumption drives global environmental change.

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