All About: Food waste, Mon September 24, 2007

"(CNN) -- When the average person contemplates the issues surrounding
landfills, it is doubtful they give much consideration to the tons of
food that fill them. Food biodegrades so where is the problem? The
problem, environmentalists say is just that. When food rots, it releases
methane, a greenhouse gas which the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
(EPA) says is 20 times more damaging to the environment than carbon
dioxide (CO2). And landfills are the place you will find most of it --
landfills account for 34 percent of all methane emissions in the U.S.

Whereas methane can be harmful to the environment in an open setting,
such as a landfill, in controlled and closed settings such as a combined
heat and power plant, it can be harnessed and converted into biogas, a
renewable energy. And that energy can be used to provide heat, light and

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