The National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) states that 40% of food grown in this country is never eaten, and 20% of the food we buy isn’t consumed. If we cut food waste by just 1/3, we could feed every hungry (food insecure) person in the United States. Food waste costs money and the environment. Food that isn’t eaten is still watered and put on trucks. Food waste is also the third leading producer of greenhouse gases, right behind the countries of U.S. and China.
Each of us throws away 300 pounds of food every year. A family of four spends $1500 on wasted food each year. That’s like throwing away a raise every year.
The website Save the Food is an incredible resource for helping consumers reduce food waste in their homes. It’s eye appealing, easy to navigate, and has a wealth of information on how to save food (and money) at the grocery store, in your refrigerator, and on your dinner plate. From how to talk to kids about wasted food to recipes that can help utilize produce that you might otherwise toss.
What I Love: My favorite area is the Food Storage Directory, which lists the proper way to store everything from beef (meat lasts for 4-6 months in the freezer) to Brussels sprouts (in the refrigerator for up to 10 days), and pasta (in its original packaging for up to 2 years) to pears (in the refrigerator after they are ripe).