Apr 19, 2012


A recent report from the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization estimates that one-third of all food produced globally is thrown away.  And it’s not just happening in our kitchens, it’s happening across the food production system,  including agriculture, postharvest, processing, distribution and consumption.

Americans throw away 96 billion pounds of food every year, or 27 percent of the total amount of available food. That’s 3,000 pounds of food a second.

Here are 4 things you can do to help

  1. Shop Smarter: No need to overload, the grocery store is always there and studies show that consumers who buy less tend to waste less, too.
  2. Store Tightly: A lot of food is wasted because it is not stored in air-tight containers.  Invest in a few to save food and money.
  3. Freeze Bruised Fruit: Squishy bananas and overly ripe fruit can be stored in the freezer to make bread, muffins or smoothies in the future.
  4. Organize the Fridge: Top shelf could contain foods that need to be eaten in the next few days, middle shelf could hold foods that last a bit longer and the bottom shelves can handle the ingredients that can sit there for a while.
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