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How am I wasting food?

"While food plays a key role in shaping our identities and it is highly celebrated in American society, each year up to 40% of food in the United States never gets eaten, translating to $218 billion lost, which includes the cost of food wasted on the consumer level, retail, wasted water, energy, fertilizers, cropland and production costs.

In addition to wasting precious resources, nearly all of the food waste ends up in landfills, where it decomposes and releases methane, a form of climate pollution that is up to 86 times more potent than carbon dioxide. In fact, food is the single largest contributor to U.S. landfills today. All this while one in eight Americans don’t have a steady supply of food to their
tables.

Consumers are responsible for more wasted food than grocery stores and restaurants combined, so changing household behavior is key to reducing the problem of food waste. The average American family of four spends at least $1,500 per year on food that they don’t eat and each individual toss over 20 pounds of food per month."

— Natural Resource Defense Council


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