To Effectively Reduce Waste is to not Create it in the First Place

Heaven Grochoske, Staff Writer

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Food waste is food that is thrown away, lost, or uneaten. This does not refer to rotten food but to good food that could still be used. Studies show that a third of the world’s food is wasted. There are many ways people waste food without even noticing it. Situations such as buying too much food when grocery shopping and taking home leftovers are ways that food goes to waste because they are not eaten within the expiration date. Approximately eight to ten billion dollars each year is spent on food that is thrown away. On top of everything, 30-50% of food is wasted globally. It’s not just us. Materials to produce food also are wasted. Out of all of the oil and freshwater, 4% of the oil and 25% of all the freshwater go towards the food that we waste.

Food waste is the single largest component going into municipal landfills, where it emits methane, helping to make landfills the third largest source of methane in the U.S. Methane is a potent greenhouse gas that damages our climate when it’s released during natural gas production and distribution. Reducing your food waste is an essential way to sustain the environment for future generations. There are many ways to control your food waste. Planning out meals before you go shopping helps avoid impulse buying. To help food stay fresh, freeze produce and leftovers. Another collective issue is just never eating leftovers from restaurants. A safe way to keep unnecessary food from going bad in this situation is to request smaller portions. Composting your food scraps is a popular way to recycle the nutrience from food and reduce the impact on the climate.

The benefits of reducing wasted food are reflected on the environment and how much food we have to eat. A goal we all should have is to reduce methane emissions from local landfills. If we attempt to watch the amount of food that is wasted, the effect of your carbon footprint will lower. Many other benefits such as saving money and conserving energy and materials helps not only the environment, but also you. Climate being affected by these emissions may have varied consequences on us, so what’s the wait? Civilization as a whole could make a difference on issues that don’t have a chance to start.

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To Effectively Reduce Waste is to not Create it in the First Place