Did you know that around 40% of food in the United States is never eaten? Forty, 4-0, nearly 300lbs per person, per year! It’s absolutely crazy to consider that on average a family of 4 throws away $1500 worth of food each year. Even crazier when you consider 1 in every 8 Americans doesn’t have enough food to eat.
Eating that food instead would be like taking home an extra paycheck while saving you a couple trips to the store. Eating that food can be good for your personal health and it definitely helps the health of the planet. There’s that triple bottom line again…
Here’s few crazy stats, courtesy of the Natural Resources Defense Council:
- 20% of the food we buy goes bad before we eat it
- 90% of us throw food away too soon—we thinks it’s bad or the date on the package is confusing
- There is more food in landfills than anything else. It contributes more to climate pollution than all the cars in the state of Georgia.
- All food production requires water, whether it’s a whole food or processed. Did you know you’d have to run your shower for 42 minutes to equal the water needed for 1lb of bananas?
- 90 minutes for just 4oz of chocolate
- 104 minutes for 1lb of chicken
- A whopping 370 minutes for 1lb of beef
- Not to mention the other resources used (largely fuel) to procure-plant-grow-harvest-transport-package-transport, just to get it to you.
Food waste is not an easy issue, but there are many ways to tackle the problem and many resources to help you save. Throughout the year we will cover a lot of these so you can save your hard-earned money and reduce waste.
Lets’ start right now.
While it’s not surprising that food waste (all waste, actually) increases during the holidays, did you know that the 2nd most wasteful time is January? The University of Vermont found that resolutions drive people to purchase healthy food…but they still purchase the same amount of non-healthy/junk food as before. This leads to more food waste.
If you are one of the many people with a resolution that involves food, be honest with yourself. Then ease into changes, meal plan, and follow a shopping plan to help you achieve your personal health goals, while saving your money, and using less natural resources. Mistakes will still happen, compost them.