Ways to Fight Food Waste

1.3 billion tons of food is discarded each year, while an estimated 795 million people are undernourished. “Most European and North American countries already have between 150 and 200 percent of the nutritional requirements of their populations,”

food waste affects far more than our garbage cans, wallets or stores; it squanders our limited resources of water, energy and land. If wasted food were a country, it would be the third largest emitter of greenhouse gases in the world, consume $2.6 trillion a year, and occupy nearly 30 percent of the planet’s farmable land, according to a report from the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization

Reducing Food Waste

Decoding expiration dates: A lot of Americans toss food away once the date stamped on a food package passes. But, as we’ve reported, lots of food is still perfectly good to eat. Is this correct?

Yes. A lot of people misunderstand the dates on food packages. Those dates are actually a manufacturer’s best guess as to when a product is at its freshest. Often products can be eaten days, weeks and months after those dates, depending on the product.