Originally written by experts with Food Tank
Households are some of the biggest contributors to food waste in the United States, according to research from ReFED.
The organization reports that households generate 30 million surplus food tons, or 37 percent, of all food waste in the U.S. Almost half ended up in landfills, where it emits harmful greenhouse gases that contribute to the climate crisis.
“The number one of source of food going to waste is actually us, consumers, all 329 million of us in our homes, letting food go bad in our homes, not managing it well,” says Dana Gunders, Executive Director of ReFED. Thankfully, there are steps that everyone can take to tackle this problem, starting in their own homes. Through better shopping habits or experimentation in the kitchen, it is possible to cut food waste and support the health of the environment.
Waste reduction efforts can also provide opportunities for eaters to connect more deeply with their food, chef and food advocate Haile Thomas argues. “It’s a way that we can be more mindful of the food that’s on our plates and honor all of the energy and time put into it, not only by our planet, but also by those who produced it,” Thomas says.
To help eaters slash food waste, Food Tank is highlighting seven tips to implement at home.