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[Ambassador report] [Thematic Report] The way to save 5 trillion won

by Chaehyun Park | 16-05-2020 16:57 Comments 8 Comments recommendations 0 recommendations

As an ambassador representing South Korea, please understand that this article was written mainly in Korea.

Something happened that my ancestors could laugh at if hearing it. 21-century humans start to throw away food. With unprecedented peace of the world-not whole- and the development of science, people who die for starving had diminished. As a result, the proportion of food waste inversely increased. 

Below picture is a graph of South Korea's generated waste types.  

Even though the highest proportion is the 'Etc' section, it includes a variety of types of waste like plastics, aluminum, or vinyl. Therefore the most generated waste is factually the food waste. Most people are likely to think that cooking as many as I can eat is the point. But it's not. 57% of food waste occurs before eating. In the process of distribution and cooking, the most amount of food(57%) is wasting. 

There is another thing to need to know. 70% of the food waste comes from home and small restaurants. So if making a result, minimizing food waste in the process of making home-cooked meals is the best way to maximize the effect.

Korea has heavy work to decrease food waste. If converting food waste to the value of food resources, it causes a loss of 20 trillion won yearly. And it costs 800 million won in only disposing. In an environmentally friendly calculation, 8.85 million tons of CO2 have generated annually by the waste. This figure is the same as 50 round-trip emissions of passenger cars or 1,500 pine trees absorbed.

Food waste has the only negative influence on all kinds of sectors, which include economic or environmental. I have said that raising awareness of the public is the most important since the March articles. Of course, the environment is worthier than money. But Koreans, who are living in capitalism and materialism, are prone to get tempted at economic more. The environmental changes are out of sight because it changes so slowly. On the economic side, however, people always live with spending money. They pay the taxes regularly to the government. Tax is one of the direct parts of their income. And they want it to be useful. Naturally, people are sensitive to money. To put it another way, people have more empathy on the economic side than the environmental one. Hence, I think it's time to use a trick. By putting economic factors at the forefront, the government should achieve its goal of environmental preservation, Like this. 

"Wasting food thoughtlessly leads to a loss of 20 trillion won. By the way, we can save 5 trillion won in taxes as well as 160 million won in disposal by only reducing 20% of the waste." It's a lot more efficient than explaining how much CO2 is discharging or what thousands of pine tree's effects are.

Today, I talked about food waste's economic and environmental calculations and equivalent values of it. Moreover, what the government should do to improve the situation. I hope you to enjoy this. 

Types of domestic generated waste


Kushal Naharki

  • Kushal Naharki says :
    Hello Chaehyun,

    I do hope that you are fine and doing great with your works.
    Thank you for your report about The way to save 5 trillion won

    Green Cheers from Nepal :)
    Keep writing great reports.
    We are eager to read more reports from you.

    Kushal Naharki

    Posted 24-05-2020 23:19

Sang Su Mentor

  • Sang Su Mentor says :
    Hi Chaehyun Park, this is a mentor Sang Su Lee.

    As you mentioned in the paragraph, many countries are trying to choose economics if they have to choose between environment and money. However, I really disagree with this logic. If we do not care for the environment right now because of seemingly large cost that they have to pay to save the environment, humans might not be able to pay cost because it is so exorbitant in the future. So, focusing on the environment seems more imperative to me. And as a way, people should not waste food... Your calculation vividly shows how wasting food makes costs... That's so gruesome.

    Nice work!
    Posted 24-05-2020 00:57

Manisha Pokhrel

  • Manisha Pokhrel says :
    Greeting Chaehyun,

    Thank u for this wonderful report.

    Posted 20-05-2020 19:09

Asmita Gaire

  • Asmita Gaire says :
    Greetings chaehyun
    I hope you are doing well
    This is indeed great
    Thank you so much for this report
    Green cheers
    Asmita Gaire
    Posted 19-05-2020 15:59

Heemani Singh

  • Heemani Singh says :
    Hello Chaehyun,
    I hope you are doing fine and great

    Thank you for sharing about food waste and ways to save it.

    Keep writing and shining


    Posted 17-05-2020 17:10

Taehyun Mentor

  • Taehyun Mentor says :
    Hello Chaehyun Park, this is mentor Taehyun!

    Thank you for your research on the environmental costs of food waste! I think the food waste problem is really serious. What's really unfortunate is that people who really need food are starving because of this disproportionate distribution of food, but the environmental problems in the article seem to be serious. To overcome this problem, many restaurants in Korea pay fines for leaving food in the name of environmental charges, but is this the only way to enforce it? I think there's room for more thought.

    Thank you for the report!
    Posted 17-05-2020 16:15

Jasmine Karki

  • Jasmine Karki says :
    Greetings from Nepal!!
    I do hope you are all good and doing great with your works.

    Thank you so much for sharing this report with us!
    It was great to go through it and know about food waste in you country.But I also felt sad as some people in other corners of the world are suffering from starvation and here food waste has become a problem. Hope this problem gets solved very soon with no more food waste.

    Green cheers
    Jasmine karki
    Posted 17-05-2020 15:30

Sonika Pariyar

  • Sonika Pariyar says :
    Greeting Chaehyun,

    I hope you are fine and doing great!
    Thank you for sharing about food waste in Korea and ways to save it .Graphs and data made me more clear .

    Keep on sharing!


    Posted 16-05-2020 23:12

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