Food Waste

Food waste is a huge problem in the United States.  Much of it ends up in landfills because of an arbitrary (usually industry or self determined) expiration date, because the food “looks” bad, because our eyes are bigger than our stomachs, because restaurants want us to tell everyone about their portion sizes (even though a lot of it gets thrown away), artificial claims by grocery stores that it’s against the law, shall I continue?  Some quick statistics from:

North American Food Waste Facts

  • In the USA, organic waste is the second highest component of landfills, which are the largest source of methane emissions
  • In the USA, 30-40% of the food supply is wasted, equaling more than 20 pounds of food per person per month

Here’s a nice read from NPR discussing how the EPA and religious groups are working together to divert more of that food waste from the landfill and redirect it to people’s empty stomachs.

What can you do?

Composting?  Volunteering?  Planting a garden and donating the produce?  Turn it into Fuel?  Raising chickens to eat your scraps?

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