Pitching pumpkins is hurting the planet, US Department of Energy says

Pumpkins decompose into methane, a greenhouse gas

DENVER -

There are some spooky side-effects as pumpkins decompose which could be hurting our planet, the U.S. Department of Energy says.

"Pumpkins, just like many food scraps, decompose over time into methane which is a greenhouse gas," said Metro State University Denver assistant professor of Meteorology and global warming expert Keah Schuenemann.

According to the Energy Department, most of the 1.3 billion pounds of pumpkins produced in the U.S. end up in a landfill, part of the 254-million tons of solid waste we produce every year.

But will these spooky stats have enthusiastic carvers putting away their kitchen knives or simply scare them into buying plastic pumpkins?

“I don't think it means that you shouldn't do your pumpkin craving this weekend. I think you should enjoy and consider some other ways that you could go green in your life,” said Schuenemann.  

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