Even with the best intentions, wasting food is a problem for many of us. We buy too much at once, we go out to eat with friends, or we forget about that fresh produce until it goes bad. This article points out that the problem of food waste is growing, and has important consequences.

“Over the past decade, food waste has reached epidemic proportions. According to a recent report from the World Resources Institute, about one third of all the food produced worldwide never makes it from production to plate. …An estimated two billion people could be fed from the food the U.S. throws away each year.

“The results of abundant global food waste run deeper than just the growing disparity between the haves and have-nots. This ever-increasing waste takes a toll on local environments, too. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, food scraps are the number one material sent to U.S. landfills. This organic waste is responsible for almost 25 percent of methane emissions and $1.3 billion in landfill and transportation costs. Our careless food production system also costs the U.S. nearly 35 percent of its freshwater supply and 300 million gallons of oil each year.”

The article also has lots of great ideas for smarter purchasing and storage to make sure we reduce our food waste. With tips on bulk buying, understanding expiration dates, and knowing where to store each item, this is a handy resource for smart shoppers.

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