According to the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization, based on 2020 statistics, 80 billion pounds of food is thrown away each year in the United States alone and 40% of the US food supply is essentially wasted. That's...um... A LOT. In fact, food waste has gotten so out of hand that the the FDA suggests that in order to address the issue, initiatives will need to include things like consumer education and outreach, reassessing food safety and food labels, and partnering with government agencies and private industries to create lasting change.
Now, all of that may sound like a tall order, but it's really not. There are many ways you can help fight food waste; simply ways that can be done right in your own home! And once you get in the habit and make the following tips a part of your daily routine, you'll be really on your way to making a difference when it comes to food waste. Wanna find out more? Read on....
No one wants to eat stale bread. But instead of throwing it away, why not make breadcrumbs? Super easy, perfect for your cooking needs, no need to buy any at the store, and helping the environment? Win-win-win-win.
It's so easy to forget your leftovers and have them go bad. Hey, it happens. But rather that waste that food — and the money that went along with buying it — just pop them in the freezer. They'll last much longer for when you're (finally) ready to use them!
Did you know that buying in bulk reduces waste? Bulk foods bypass the extra expenses inherent in individually packaged products. Packaging design, manufacturing, shipping, and production costs are eliminated when foods are shipped in plain, large-quantity containers, and those savings are passed along directly to the consumer, and those shipping methods help the planet.