Food waste is a widespread problem throughout the world. It is not a problem one organization, person or even government can solve alone. It will take everyone becoming more aware of food waste and collaborating to help. Let’s take a look at three food waste facts and learn what you can do to make a difference.
Food waste in the home is a major contributor to the problem. Not only is waste avoidable but it will also save you money! Below are a few simple tips to help you save $ by wasting less food.
Food waste=water waste. We all know fresh water is a precious resource. When you throw away that leftover burger you are wasting food and water. Learning more about the water it takes to produce your food will make you think twice about the impact of your waste.
Below you can see how much water to takes to produce 1 pound of your favorite foods:
Learn about even more foods at Waterfootprint.org
When organic matter such as food waste decomposes in the landfill it releases methane, a greenhouse gas roughly 23x more potent then carbon dioxide.
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, landfills account for 34 percent of all methane emissions in the U.S.—meaning that the sandwich you made and then didn’t eat yesterday is increasing your personal—and our collective—carbon footprint.
Food waste is finally getting the attention it deserves and rightfully so. Not only does food waste lead to wasted money, wasted water and rising green house gasses; we also have millions of families that go hungry every day. This problem can be solved but it will take everyone doing their part.
In 2016, We Don’t Waste prevented over 6.2 million pounds of food from entering the landfill. We collect food by the pallet and distribute it to those in need. The food we recover gets distributed up and down the front range through our food recovery network. You can help by only buying the food you need, storing it properly and supporting local organizations such as We Don’t Waste. Join the movement and do your part to tackle this problem!
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