17/10/2023, 1:41 am Topic 7 Workbook: Environmental Ethics in BusinessPage 1 of 1https://lms.latrobe.edu.au/mod/book/tool/print/index.php?id=6509305&chapterid=896895Topic 7 Workbook: Environmental Ethics in Business 3. Business impacts on the environment Let's examine some of the impacts business has had on the environment over the last half-century: Half the world's wetlands have disappeared. 80 per cent of its grasslands now suffer from soil degradation. 20 per cent of its drylands are in danger of turning into deserts. Groundwater is seriously depleted. Closer to home, here are some interesting facts about food wastage in Australia: Food waste costs the economy around $36.6 billion each year. Each year we waste around 7.6 million tonnes of food across the supply and consumption chain - this wastage equals about 312kg per person, equivalent to around one in Ove bags of groceries or $2,000 to $2,500 per household per year. Food waste accounts for approximately 3% of Australia's annual greenhouse gas emissions. Australia uses around 2600 gigalitres of water to grow food that is wasted - this equates to the volume of water in Ove Sydney Harbours. The amount of land used to grow wasted food covers in excess of 25 million hectares, a landmass larger than the state of Victoria. Read more in the articleTackling Australia's food wastefrom the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment. Did you know 25% of water used in agriculture is used to grow food that is ultimately wasted? Throwing away one burger wastes the same amount of water as a 90 minute shower!