Published: Nov. 9, 2020 By

Food waste is a massive environmental issue in the United States. Nearly 40% of food produced in America is lost or wasted. Here is why we need to reduce the amount of food we produce:

Individual households are the largest contributors to the food waste problem, wasting approximately 76 billion pounds of food every year. Here are some ways that you can limit your own food waste:
  • Plan ahead. Plan what meals you will be making throughout the week and buy only the amount you will need to make these meals. This will limit the amount of extra perishable foods you buy.
  • Properly store your food. Find the proper ways to store your produce to maintain its freshness for as long as possible. 
  • Create a home compost bin. If you do have leftover food, use this to create compost that you can then use to plant your own produce. 
  • If you have something you’re not going to eat, don’t throw it away. Instead, donate to a local food bank and help those in need. 
  • Here are 15 ways to reduce food waste

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