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Food: Too Good To Waste

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Seeing is believing!

Most people would not turn on all the lights, then go out to dinner. Or turn on the kitchen faucet, and then go for a run.  Yet many people waste something valuable each week that impacts (PDF, 100 K) our budgets and the environment: food.

Seeing is believing

Get started today to find out how much food is typically wasted at your home. Track all food that could have been eaten but went to waste by collecting it in a container, then empty into your curbside yard waste cart after you’ve recorded the amount. Even one week of tracking wasted food can be eye-opening and inspire you to take steps to prevent waste (see Food: Too Good To Waste worksheet (PDF, 400 K) for tips and to track for more than one week). Small shifts in how you shop, prepare, store and save food can make a big difference. Here are additional resources to help cut back on wasted food:

Love Food Hate Waste
Dig deeper into the food waste as an issue and find resources to do something about it.

Waste Free Kitchen Handbook
Waste Free Kitchen Handbook

What the Fork Are You Eating?: An Action Plan for Your Pantry and Plate
An Action Plan for Your Pantry and Plate

Related Information

Fighting Food Waste (external) – 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) – from NBC News

Visualizing food waste’s footprint (external) – from Wasted Food

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Updated: Jan. 25, 2016

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