One-third of the food we produce globally winds up in a landfill. That’s everything from fugly-looking vegetables that never even make it to store shelves to last night’s forgotten leftovers. And while throwing moldy bread and stale chips in the trash seems like the end of their story, it’s only the beginning.
Food doesn’t stop being food when it hits a landfill. And all sorts of animals are all too happy to swoop down and gorge themselves on our scraps. Our waste has the power to disrupt animal reproduction and create population booms. It can remake ecosystems and upend social structures. Food for thought, the next time you throw away a soggy sandwich.