40% of all food in the United States is wasted.
What a statistic. Imagine if 40% of all your effort, of all your work, was wasted. Farmers work hard to produce the food we eat and half of that effort never ends up being used for its intended purpose.
How does this happen? It happens in many ways.
It’s hard for farmers to gauge what the market will bear, so they have to over produce with the hope that their crops will bring a great yield. If not, food is left in the field to rot and be disked up. Organizations like Society of St. Andrew work to glean these crops from the field that are not marketable due to size, shape, or demand, but perfectly edible. These gleanings end up as donations to food donation centers in order to reach the public in need.
Americans are biased in their food purchases. We only want the “prettiest piece” of fruit and vegetables. Although many companies have popped up these past few years that cater to “ugly” produce (Misfits), we still have a ways to go on this front.
Other reasons for food waste: we buy too many groceries and end up throwing some out, plate sizes are too big at restaurants, “best by” dates are suggestions for freshness, not expirations.
The best way to reduce food waste is through knowledge. See the attached infographic and share this post with ONE person. If we can make a 1% dent in food waste, it will:
- Help feed the hungry
- Reduce waste
- Promote sustainability
- Help the environment through reduced emissions
Thanks for reading and pass along what you know.