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:
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.