Reducing Food Waste

Reducing Food Waste

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    The Life and Times of Strawberry | Food Waste | Ad Council

    Follow the journey of a strawberry from the farm to the refrigerator to understand all that it takes to bring your food to you. Did you know that 40% of our food ends up wasted? Wasted food is the single largest contributor to landfills in the US—not to mention that it wastes water, labor, fuel, money, & love! Learn more about food waste by visiting http://www.savethefood.com.

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    The Extraordinary Life and Times of Strawberry (:60) | Food Waste | Ad Council

    Follow the journey of a strawberry from the farm to the refrigerator to understand all that it takes to bring your food to you. Did you know that 40% of our food ends up wasted? Wasted food is the single largest contributor to landfills in the US—not to mention that it wastes water, labor, fuel, money, & love! Learn more about food waste by visiting http://www.savethefood.com.

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    Egg 8 sheet - Reducing Food Waste

    Egg 8 sheet - Reducing Food Waste
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    Chicken bus shelter - Reducing Food Waste

    Chicken bus shelter - Reducing Food Waste
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    Bread - Reducing Food Waste

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    SaveTheFood.com

    SaveTheFood.com

    Learn more at www.savethefood.com.

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40% of Food in the U.S. is Wasted

"Save The Food"

While food plays a key role in shaping our identities and it is highly celebrated in American society, each year 40 percent of food in the United States goes to waste, translating to $162 billion lost and wasted water, energy, fertilizers, cropland, and production costs.  

In addition to wasting precious resources, nearly all of the food waste ends up in landfills where it decomposes and releases methane, a form of climate pollution that is up to 86 times more potent than carbon dioxide. In fact, food is the single largest contributor to U.S. landfills today. All of this while one in seven Americans do not have a steady supply of food to their tables.

Consumers are responsible for more wasted food than farmers, grocery stores, restaurants, or any other part of the food supply chain, while most Americans don’t realize how much food they toss out each year. 21 percent of the food each person buys goes to waste, with the average American family of four spending $1,500 per year on food that they throw away and each individual throwing away 20 pounds of food per month.

In an effort to spread awareness about the importance of reducing food waste, NRDC has partnered with the Ad Council to create a new PSA campaign inspiring Americans to “Save the Food” by showcasing the wondrous life cycle of food and the loss of resources when it goes unconsumed. The campaign encourages Americans to make simple lifestyle changes like making shopping lists, freezing food, and using leftovers to reduce waste in their own homes. Visit SaveTheFood.com to learn how to better plan, store, and cook your food.

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