CarbonCurb Action 20 - Reduce Food Waste

 

Over 30% of the U.S. food supply is wasted. Over-purchasing, spoilage, production errors, and other issues all contribute to the food waste crisis in the U.S. The U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Environmental Protection Agency have set a goal to reduce American food waste by 50% by 2030. Source reduction is the most preferred method of reducing food waste. Next comes feeding hungry people and then animals. What is the source of your own personal food waste? Is it that habit of purchasing too many groceries and then deciding to eat out and let a portion of your produce go to waste? Is it that habit of not eating leftovers? There are so many ways you can change to get the most out of your food. Leftovers are healthy to eat for several days if they are refrigerated. You can freeze food if you prepare too much. Be less picky with the food that is allowed on your plate. Eat your broccoli stalks. Power through those leftovers. Be surgical when you are processing food and try hard to minimize what ends up in your compost or garbage. If you can reduce your food waste by half, the impact is:

Annual Savings:
270 kg CO2e
1.6% of your GHGs

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