In the U.S. we throw away almost half of our food supply every year! While a significant amount of food waste occurs in the home, food gets wasted long before reaching our plates. The National Resources Defense Council found:
- Americans trash 40 percent of our food supply every year, valued at about $165 billion!
- The average American family of four ends up throwing away an equivalent of up to $2,275 annually in food;
- Food waste is the single largest component of solid waste in US landfills;
- Just a 15% reduction in losses in the US food supply would save enough food to feed 25 million Americans annually.
- Food waste is responsible for approximately 23% of total US methane emissions!
Here are five easy ways to do your part to end food waste:
1. Buy Only What Your Need
Make a shopping list.
Be realistic about how much you need.
Don’t overbuy foods on sale.
2. Eat What You Buy
Use what spoils first.
Know what food you have on hand.
Don’t prepare too much.
3. Keep Food Fresh
Learn how to store foods to keep them
fresh as long as possible.
4. Don’t Toss It Before It Spoils
Understand food expiration dates.
Know shelf life limits.
Use food preservation techniques: Canning, pickling, drying, freezing.
5. Avoid Using the Trash!
Share extra food before it spoils.
Compost inedible food.
Minimize your environmental footprint by eliminating food waste at home. If you’re interested in a sustainable lifestyle, food waste reduction is the easiest way to start. And write to your local officials to get them to implement food waste prevention campaigns!