Food is too good to waste!
We often do not realize the amount of food that is thrown away every day. In 2013 in the U.S., we disposed of over 35 million tons of spoiled and leftover food. This food ends up in landfills and produces methane and other greenhouse gases that contribute to climate change.
But the news is not all bad! With a little effort and planning, we can significantly cut down the amount of food waste and create economic, social and environmental benefits.
The Environmental Protection Agency, or EPA, has created a food
recovery strategy to help us do so. It includes 5 simple steps in the
following order: Source reduction, feeding the hungry, feeding
animals, composting and finally landfilling what cannot be used.
Click on the pyramid below for additional information from the EPA.