Every year, nearly 40 percent of our country’s food ends up in landfills, while millions go hungry. You would be surprised to know that most of these foods come from households! People often see how much food is thrown away at grocery stores or restaurants but fail to realize that a significant amount of damage is coming from the expired goods in their refrigerator and pantry. And, more often than not, it is too late. Owen’s List can help you prevent that in your household by making it easy to get food you’re not going to use to people who need it in our community.
Why food and pantry items shouldn’t go to the landfill
Studies have shown that we already produce enough food to make a meaningful improvement towards ending hunger but clearly, something is not adding up because they are millions who go hungry every day. The problem is that much of the food waste goes to landfills when it could benefit people if it were addressed sooner.
Most people are confused about what food waste is. Essentially, it is the leftovers on your plate, the scraps while you are cooking, the raw or cooked meat, and basically, any organic residues that are formed during the handling, storage, preparation, sale, cooking, or serving of foods.
Food waste sent to landfills releases methane gas that contributes to climate change. Methane is a major factor in global warming because it is effective at absorbing the sun’s heat, warming the atmosphere. And, in addition to the environmental impact that food waste has, it also affects our pocketbooks. Because 30 to 40 percent of the food in the U.S. goes uneaten, which is roughly 20 pounds of food per month, it means that Americans throw out approximately $165 billion worth of food each year.
How else can you help reduce food waste
Food waste is a huge and prominent issue, affecting our resources, the environment, and our pocketbooks. What you can do is donate food while it is still safe to eat, watch out for expiry labels, purchase only what you need at stores, or keep a compost bin at home. Additionally, consider buying produce from a place like Imperfect Produce. They seek out produce that fails cosmetic standards and would otherwise go to waste and deliver it to consumers instead.
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