|ARTICLE: Rethinking the Holidays|
The United States spends $218 billion a year growing, processing, transporting, and disposing of food that is never eaten.
An estimated 52 million tons of food (much of it from households) is sent to landfills annually, plus another 10 million tons is discarded or left unharvested on farms. Wasted food consumes 21% of all fresh water, 19% of all fertilizer, and 21% of landfill volume (ReFED.com).
Tips for reducing wasted food:
Be a Smart Shopper
Check your cupboards, refrigerator, and freezer to see what you already have in stock and make your shopping list accordingly. Stick to your list! Resist impulse buys and sales!
Using smaller plates at meal time helps induce people to take smaller portions.
Planning for leftovers
Stock up on empty containers to use for storing leftovers to send home with guests and to use for lunches and quick meals.