Did you know: The production, transport, packaging and disposal of food contributes one third of all global greenhouse gas emissions?
And the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates that in the US 40 percent of this food is wasted. That’s more than any other country. This waste results in the release of 170 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent greenhouse gas emissions.
That's as much as 42 coal-fired power plants.
Most of the waste happens long before the food arrives at our homes, but we can begin by getting smart about what we’ve already purchased.
When we throw away food, we also waste the energy and water used to grow, harvest, transport, and package it.
Take action and reduce your food waste by:
- planning meals ahead of time
- freezing the excess
- reusing leftovers.
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