Preserving the Environment

Think Before You Toss: How Anyone Can Fight Food Waste

May 28, 2019
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Think Before You Toss: How Anyone Can Fight Food Waste
One place you can fight food waste is at the grocery store: Consider buying "ugly" fruits and vegetables instead. Joshua O'Connor
Most Americans throw out a pound of food every day. Here are five things you can do with unwanted produce instead of putting it in the trash can.

Each year, Americans throw out 1.3 billion tons of food. That’s a staggering amount of waste that ends up in the garbage heap instead of on the plates of hungry people who need it. 

But there are ways you can fight food waste — and with less effort than you might think. A few of the easiest can be done right at home (think composting and pickling or jamming produce before it goes bad). You also could sign up for a subscription service that delivers ugly or misshapen — but otherwise still delicious — produce that’s often bound for the landfill. Other ways to help: Consider donating to a food donation nonprofit and supporting policies that address food waste on a local and national level.

To learn more about how you can help, watch the video above.

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