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Food: Too Good To Waste

Food: Too Good To Waste

How much climate change is in your trash?

Climate change in your trash

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

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 (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 (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:

Smart Shopping
Smart shopping

Smart Prep
Smart prep

Smart Storage
Smart storage

Smart Saving
Smart saving

Get started today!
Get started today!

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Related Information

How ‘Ugly’ Fruits and Vegetables Can Help Solve World Hunger (external) – 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) – 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: Sep. 14, 2016

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