Food Waste: What is Food Waste?

Food Waste
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What is food waste? Food waste is a significant problem that contributes to the global hunger crisis, global warming, resource scarcity and deforestation. Food waste is food that is grown but never consumed. This can happen when farmers don’t harvest certain crops, when grocery stores discard unsold food, or when consumers discard the food they have purchased.

Facts

  • 40% of the food produced each year in the United States ends up in a landfill or is left to rot in the field. – www.moveforhunger.org
  • 43% of food waste occurs in homes. – www.moveforhunger.org
  • Families throw out approximately 25% of the food and beverages they buy. – American Wasteland by Jonathan Bloom
  • Food waste costs $1,300-$2,200 for the average family of four every year. – www.moveforhunger.org
  • 94%t of the food we throw away ends up in landfills or combustion facilities. – www.epa.gov
  • Food in landfills releases methane, a greenhouse gas, which is 23 times more harmful than carbon dioxide. – Scientific American.
  • If we used 30% of the food that our country wastes each year, it would be enough to feed the 42 million Americans that go hungry every year. – National Resources Defense Council

Benefits of Reducing Food Waste

  • Conserves Energy and Resources: Reducing the demand for food decreases the pollution caused by the growing, harvesting, manufacturing, transporting, and selling of food.
  • Saves You Money: Reducing the amount of food wasted helps you to buy less food.
  • Reduces Methane Emissions: Reducing the amount of food that ends up in landfills lowers your carbon footprint. You will also reduce the pollution caused by hauling food waste to landfills.
  • Helps Your Community: Donating unused food that would have otherwise gone to waste helps those in your community who are food insecure.

Part 2 – Food Waste: Reducing Food Waste
Part 3 – Food Waste: Meal Planning
Part 4 – Food Waste: Mindful Shopping
Part 5 – Food Waste: Food Storage
Part 6 – Food Waste: Using Food Scraps
Part 7 – Food Waste: Composting
Part 8 – Food Waste: Waste Reduction Programs

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