Did you know that today an estimated one-third of all food produced in the world goes to waste. That equals out to about 1.3 billion tons of fruits, vegetables, meat, dairy, seafood and grains. This amount of food could be enough calories to feed every undernourished person on the planet.
Not only is wasted food a social and humanitarian issue - it's an environmental one. When food is wasted - we also waste all the energy and water it takes to grow, harvest, transport and package it.
When food goes to waste, it turns into landfill and rots, which produces methane - a greenhouse gas even more potent than carbon dioxide. About 8% of all human-caused greenhouse gas emissions could be reduced if we stop wasting food. Did you know that in the US alone, the production of lost or wasted food is equivalent to 32.6 million cars worth of greenhouse gas emissions….. That is far too much!
Yearly the world's population grows. As a whole, our challenges should not be how to grow more food, but how to feed more people while wasting less of what we already have produced.
There are many actions that we can take as consumers to make a significant difference.
Here's a few tips to help you get started.
Plan ahead and buy only what you need.
Be sure to plan your meals before you shop so that you only buy what you can consume before it spoils and ends up in the garbage.
Donate your food
Go through your pantry or fridge weekly, put any food you don't need or won’t use in a box and simply take it to a donation box in your closest grocery store or drop it off at a community club.
Participate in organic waste collection programs or start a composter in your backyard. Use the greenhouse gas calculator for waste management to estimate the reduced emissions.