How Much Food Do You Waste?
January 21, 2010
A recent study of food waste in the U.S. estimated that 1,400 calories of food per person is wasted every day. These wasted calories represent 39 percent of the available U.S. food supply. Wasted food means wasted resources.
Buying the proper amount of food and eating food before it spoils will save you money and reduce energy use, water use, and greenhouse gas emissions. Wasting less requires small shifts in the way you plan your meals and store your food.
Here are things you can do to shift towards less waste:
Buy proper portions. A website from the UK called Love Food Hate Waste will help calculate portions.
Learn to store your food so that it stays fresh.
Learn recipes for tasty leftover meals.
Plan ahead. If you plan your meals in advance, you can buy only what you need at the store.
Be careful at restaurants. Portions at restaurants are sometimes too big for one person to eat. To avoid waste, share a main dish or bring a container for your leftovers.
Compost. Rather than toss your peels and wilted leaves, compost your vegetable scraps in a backyard compost pile or worm bin.