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STARTING THE RIGHT WEEK: How to reduce food waste at home | Health and Fitness | Instant News

Food is a valuable resource and is often the center of our life’s celebrations and events, so why do we leave so much wasted? The average person wastes about a pound of food per day. Small amounts of food waste may go unnoticed from time to time, but households account for 38% of all food waste, which is more than grocery stores, restaurants or other sectors.

The true cost of food waste is hidden so that any time you throw food at home or in a restaurant, you are also wasting the energy, resources, water and labor that goes into growing, processing and transporting that food to your plate.

For example, the amount of water wasted when food is thrown away can be measured in minutes of bathing. One pound of bananas that end up in the trash is equivalent to taking a bath for 42 minutes. In contrast, one pound of ground beef is equivalent to a bath that lasts more than six hours!

Reducing food waste is a shared responsibility and we can all play a role in achieving our national food waste reduction goal – to reduce food waste by 50% by 2030. Changing some habits in food planning, preparation and storage can help reduce leftover food in the home, save money, and protect the environment.

  • Building habits takes time, including checking your kitchen food inventory before shopping. Buy your fridge, freezer and pantry in advance to avoid unwanted waste. Make a shopping list based on your weekly meal plan to avoid impulsive purchases.
  • Pay attention to how much food is wasted during holidays and life events. Serve less food, try food-free events, or send leftovers home with guests.
  • The restaurant serves large portions that can be easily shared or taken home for another meal. Avoid wasteful ordering of food by sharing meals, asking for containers to take away, or selecting items from the lunch menu and à la carte menu.


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Reduce Food Waste, Save Resources with SWACO | Instant News

If you are a resident of Central Ohio, chances are 86% of your population is concerned about the amount of local food being wasted. Each year, 160,000 acres of land are used to grow food thrown by the people of Central Ohio – about half the size of Franklin County.

When residents of Central Ohio throw away uneaten or old food, they may think all they are throwing away is leftovers. But what many people don’t realize is that they also waste all the resources that go into growing, harvesting and transporting food.

It may not seem like much, but when it all adds up, nearly a million pounds of food waste are dumped in Franklin County every day. And across the country, nearly 40% of the food that is produced goes to waste.

That’s why the Solid Waste Authority in Central Ohio, or SWACO, started the Save More Than Food campaign, to educate community members about the impact of food waste in Central Ohio, and provide simple tips every day on how to be more sustainable.

We all have a role to play in reducing food waste. In fact, a lot of food waste occurs at the household level, in our own refrigerators. When you make small decisions such as thinking about what foods to buy and taking the time to store food properly, You can make a difference.

Want to get involved, but not sure where to start? Check out the resources below.

  • Reducing food waste is more than just composting leftovers. Learn about other ways to reduce food waste, such as saving food before it becomes waste to feed our communities or protecting our environment and natural resources by preventing food waste.
  • Think you know food waste? Put your knowledge to the test with the Save More Than Food Quiz and learn how you can make a difference. Post your results on social media and compare your scores with friends.
  • Sign up for the Save More Than Food Quarterly Newsletter to stay abreast of the Central Ohio Food Waste Initiative’s latest food waste reduction efforts and learn more about seasonal tips, tricks and ways to make a difference.

Visit the Save More Than Food website to learn more about how to make a difference by reducing food waste at home, in school, working, and enter food business.


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