Two women collect food waste beside an industrial dumpster at the main food market on December 28, 2011 in Madrid. (AFP PHOTO/Pedro ARMESTRE)
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Reducing food waste around the world would help curb emissions of planet-warming gases, lessening some of the impacts of climate change such as more extreme weather and rising seas, scientists said Thursday.Up to 14 percent of emissions from agriculture in 2050 could be avoided by managing food use and distribution better, according to a new study from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK).Richer countries tend to consume more food than is healthy or simply waste it, they noted.As poorer countries develop and the world's population grows, emissions associated with food waste could soar from 0.5 gigatons of carbon dioxide equivalent per year to between 1.9 and 2.5 gigatons annually by mid-century, showed the study published in the Environmental Science & Technology journal.
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