Here in the U.S., we waste a shameful amount of food. I’ve seen estimates that we waste between 30 and 40 percent of the food that we produce. While of course some of that waste happens during processing, in restaurants, and even on the farm, the part that we as individuals can control is how much food we personally waste.
Wasted food is wasted money, and what’s worse is that the food waste that we send to landfills breaks down to produce methane, a greenhouse gas that’s far more harmful than CO2. Luckily, from your shopping cart to your kitchen and even when you’re eating out, there are lots of ways that you can waste less food to save money and protect the planet.
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Do you feel a pang of guilt when discover a container that used to contain food but now contains an alien life form in the back of your fridge? Check out some simple tips on the next page to help you reduce the amount of wasted food that you have to toss!