ii. Landfills in the United States contribute around 17% of our total global warming methane, which itself accounts for about 10% of the global warming gas generated in the United States (www. ) iii. Methane is 23 times more potent than Carbon Dioxide (www3.epa.gov) 2
Oh iv. Unlike CO2, methane is able to absorb heat quickly and traps up to 100 times more heat in the atmosphere than CO2 within a 5-year period. ( ) v. “Grade B,” edible fruits that are classified as cosmetically unappealing (Last Week Tonight with John Oliver- Food Waste), are shipped to landfills, directly from farmers, without ever being processed into supermarkets. Eventually, chemical reactions decompose the fruits and create methane gas. The only way to prevent methane gas from landfill fruits is to consume them. vi. Methane has the potentially to make quick climate changes in the Earth’s atmosphere, however, methane gas contribution by food waste can be prevented through consumption of the food. ( ) II. Claim 2 (Significance) a. Food waste going towards landfills is economically inefficient i. Gross Domestic Product (GDP), a primary indicator to gauge the health of a countries economy, increases as the economy is stimulated. The GDP is important because it calculates the quality of life of citizens in the United States (Investopedia.com) ii. If corporations were to receive tax benefits for donating food, there will need to be an increase of workers who will process, transport, inventory, and store the food to accommodate for the extra work load. Thus, resulting in the creation of many jobs for American citizens. 3
Oh 1. “The economy is short 7.9 million full-time jobs: That’s the total needed to return the U.S. economy to prerecession health ()” iii. The potential millions of job opportunities will drastically decrease the unemployment rate in the United States. As workers receive payment from their employers, they will put the money back into the economy by spending hence, effectively stimulating the economy. 1. Money pumped into the economy will increase the GDP which in turn means for a healthy economy. (useconomy.com) b. There are food insecure families in the United States, how can we morally throw away food? i. In 2010, a research study by Economic Research Service, showed that nearly fifty million Americans lived in food insecure homes (American Waste Lands).
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