Why compost if the landfill is going to the same place?
This is quite a common question...why do we have to separate organic waste from our garbage? Well both sources produce greenhouse gases, being methane and carbon dioxide. In short, methane can hold more heat than carbon dioxide therefore if decay is occurring regardless, it is preferable in carbon dioxide form. Compost decomposes aerobically (presence of oxygen) producing carbon dioxide. Landfill decomposes anaerobic (absence of oxygen) producing methane. This is why you should separate the two...keep what you put in the landfill to a minimum!
Growing up, you were not allowed to leave the dinner table until you ate everything on your plate. If you decided not to eat all of it and you got hungry later on, that is what you were eating.
Although there is controversy of how to deal with a child and their relationship with food, this technique had taught me how valuable and expensive food really was. Perhaps you're not hungry enough to eat it all but there is no reason to toss your remaining food in the garbage! Save it for later.
I have been surrounding by individuals who don't 'like' leftovers or have no problem throwing food straight into the garbage. It is absurd to me! Our society is extremely lucky to have food available to us that is grown and shipped from different countries. Learn more about food waste and what steps you can do to rethink your relationship with food (& the money you could save)!
The food you eat has an enormous impact of your carbon footprint. The production of meat requires land, food, water, and on top of that, it needs to be distributed. Even reducing your meat intake from daily to every other day can make a difference in the amount of resources you are using. Having a vegetarian or vegan diet vs. a diet with meat can reduce carbon emissions in half.
The University of Oxford designed a 'Climate Change Food Calculator' that does not just take transportation into account. The calculator takes the production, processing, and packaging of the specific food into account as well. Below are some examples.