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Americans throw out 32% of the food they buy. Here’s how to avoid so much waste

Brian E. Roe writes in The Conversation about food waste in America.

The C3 Take
  • A study has found that Americans throw out one-third of all purchased food which amounts to 1,250 calories per person per day, or $1,500 worth of groceries for a four-person household each year.
  • This is environmentally significant because food waste occupies 25% of space in landfills and is a major methane emitter.
  • Consumers can reduce food waste by cooking smaller servings, being intentional with eating leftovers, and sticking to a food plan.

“Where does all that unwanted food go? Mainly underground. Food waste occupies almost 25% of landfill space nationwide. Once buried, it breaks down, generating methane, a potent greenhouse gas that contributes to climate change. Recognizing those impacts, the U.S. government has set a goal of cutting food waste in half by 2030.”

Read the full article here.

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