Environment: Making it better wherever you are
Before you throw it out...
If your refrigerator looks like either of those pictured above, please consider making a few small changes in your daily habits. I’m sure you’re aware that Americans waste billions of pounds of food each year. Ask your garbage collector. Food makes up most of what goes into the dump every day. Of course, there are lots of things we can do to change this scenario and lighten the load for our garbage workers.
The National Geographic, October 13, 2014, published a highly informative article on the subject, “One-Third of Food Is Lost or Wasted: What Can Be Done. From our farms to grocery stores to dinner tables, 30 percent of the food we grow is never eaten. We can do better.”
The report is filled with ideas to help curb our food wasting habits. It also highlights dozens of organizations that have developed programs to distribute food to those who need it - before we throw it out. And don’t forget that you can always invest in a small bucket to collect your food scraps and create compost for your garden. Some cities have compost collection sites where you can drop it off if you don’t have a garden. Some cities have compost collection services. Either way, please read the well-researched article that the National Geographic put together and find a way that you can help cut down on our national problem of food waste - especially as we head into the holidays when food becomes overly abundant in many American households!