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Food: Too Good To Waste

Food: Too Good to Waste

Whether it’s sour milk, limp carrots or that forgotten restaurant take-out container in the back of the fridge, chances are you’ve wasted food Download PDF 270 K this week. And you’re not alone. Americans waste about 25 percent of all food and drinks we buy, to the tune of $130 every single month. It’s a growing problem with significant financial and environmental impacts Download PDF 100 K. When we throw away food, we also waste all the water, energy and fuel used to produce, package and transport food from the farm to our plates. Uneaten food accounts for 23 percent of all methane emissions in the U.S. – a potent climate change contributor.

We can all make a big difference for our grocery budgets and the environment, including climate change, by wasting less food.  Click on the links below for tips and resources to make smart choices:

How much climate change is in your trash?
Do you know how much climate change is in your wasted food? Find out now

Related Information

How ‘Ugly’ Fruits and Vegetables Can Help Solve World Hunger external link – from National Geographic
About a third of the planet’s food goes to waste, often because of its looks. That’s enough to feed two billion people.

Fighting Food Waste external link – from Quest
According to the United Nations, 1.3 billion tons of food is wasted each year while nearly 900 million people around the world struggle each day with hunger.

Third biggest greenhouse gas emitter? World’s wasted food. external link – from NBC News

Visualizing food waste’s footprint external link – from Wasted Food

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