Food is way too precious to waste, yet at least 25% of edible food in the United States is never eaten. Food preparation, oversupply, food spoilage, shopping habits, and unused leftovers all contribute to waste.
For example, an American family of 4 typically tosses out around $1,600 of food per year! So how you can limit your own household waste?
- Use all edible parts of produce including leaves, peels, roots, seeds, stalks, and stems. Get creative with your food prep and compost what you can’t eat.
- Freeze or use leftovers immediately if you prepared too much food. You can re-purpose most produce and meats in soups or stews.
- Traveling? Make sure to give away any extra food that will go bad while you are gone to a friend or neighbor.
- Resist the urge to buy food that you don’t really need or want. Be mindful about buying only the amounts and types of food that you and your family will eat.
- Serve smaller, sensible portion sizes to keep uneaten food from being scraped into the trash can. You can even avoid this problem altogether by serving meals family-style, where everyone just takes the amount they want to eat.
Starting with these habits, you can help reduce food waste in order to save money, provide more for those in our community who do not have enough to eat, and conserve resources for the future.
Source: United States Environmental Protection Agency