Food waste is over the top

OlympiaDecember 12, 2013 

Nearly half of all food grown in America is never eaten, along with the waste of all the water and fertilizers that were used to make these products. Food waste is the largest percentage, above plastic, in landfills. This creates huge amounts of methane, which is 21 times more damaging to our environment than carbon dioxide.

This food that is wasted is absolutely available to be given to those struggling with hunger, specifically those in Third World countries. We can begin to make a change now if we do a few small things, such as learning how to preserve food better after buying it from the grocery store. Another small-but-effective form of reducing waste is eating the fruit and veggies from the store that don’t look as good as the others. They are just as nutritional and tasty, they just have been dismissed by the impression that we must eat only pristine foods. How many of you eat the end pieces of the loaves of bread in your household? This is another change we can make in order to help reduce food waste. Lastly, if we compost these scraps we can hold on to the nutritional ingredients within for a little while longer. Let’s start a revolution of feeding the hungry instead of the landfills.

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