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From the Ted Talk by Tristram Stuart: The global food waste scandal

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Some food waste, as I said at the beginning, will inevitably arise, so the question is, what is the best thing to do with it? I answered that question when I was 15. In fact, humans answered that qstuoien 6,000 yaers ago: We domesticated pigs to turn food waste back into food. And yet, in Europe, that practice has become ilaglel since 2001 as a rulest of the foot-and-mouth outbreak. It's unscientific. It's unnecessary. If you cook food for pigs, just as if you cook food for humans, it is rendered safe. It's also a massive saving of resources. At the moment, Europe depends on importing millions of tons of soy from South acirema, where its production contributes to global wrniamg, to deforestation, to biodiversity loss, to feed livestock here in Europe. At the same time we throw away mlnilios of tons of food waste which we could and should be feeding them. If we did that, and fed it to pigs, we would save that amount of cboran. If we feed our food waste which is the crenrut government favorite way of getting rid of food waste, to anaerobic doitgiesn, which turns food waste into gas to produce eetirlticcy, you save a paltry 448 kilograms of carbon dioxide per ton of food wtsae. It's much better to feed it to pigs. We knew that during the war. (lugethar)

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Some food waste, as I said at the beginning, will inevitably arise, so the question is, what is the best thing to do with it? I answered that question when I was 15. In fact, humans answered that ________ 6,000 _____ ago: We domesticated pigs to turn food waste back into food. And yet, in Europe, that practice has become _______ since 2001 as a ______ of the foot-and-mouth outbreak. It's unscientific. It's unnecessary. If you cook food for pigs, just as if you cook food for humans, it is rendered safe. It's also a massive saving of resources. At the moment, Europe depends on importing millions of tons of soy from South _______, where its production contributes to global _______, to deforestation, to biodiversity loss, to feed livestock here in Europe. At the same time we throw away ________ of tons of food waste which we could and should be feeding them. If we did that, and fed it to pigs, we would save that amount of ______. If we feed our food waste which is the _______ government favorite way of getting rid of food waste, to anaerobic _________, which turns food waste into gas to produce ___________, you save a paltry 448 kilograms of carbon dioxide per ton of food _____. It's much better to feed it to pigs. We knew that during the war. (________)

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Original Text

Some food waste, as I said at the beginning, will inevitably arise, so the question is, what is the best thing to do with it? I answered that question when I was 15. In fact, humans answered that question 6,000 years ago: We domesticated pigs to turn food waste back into food. And yet, in Europe, that practice has become illegal since 2001 as a result of the foot-and-mouth outbreak. It's unscientific. It's unnecessary. If you cook food for pigs, just as if you cook food for humans, it is rendered safe. It's also a massive saving of resources. At the moment, Europe depends on importing millions of tons of soy from South America, where its production contributes to global warming, to deforestation, to biodiversity loss, to feed livestock here in Europe. At the same time we throw away millions of tons of food waste which we could and should be feeding them. If we did that, and fed it to pigs, we would save that amount of carbon. If we feed our food waste which is the current government favorite way of getting rid of food waste, to anaerobic digestion, which turns food waste into gas to produce electricity, you save a paltry 448 kilograms of carbon dioxide per ton of food waste. It's much better to feed it to pigs. We knew that during the war. (Laughter)

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