#American Household Of Four Tosses Out About $1,600 Worth Of Food Annually; #ClimateChange #GreenEarth #Waste

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Over-consumption is what's killing the planet and contributing to climate change. There's no amount of recycling or banning of single-use plastics that can reverse the damage already done by over-consumption. Anyone who is really serious about saving the planet should consider becoming a minimalist.

An average U.S. household of four tosses out about $1,600 worth of food every year. At the same time, 1 in 8 Americans struggles with food scarcity.

Here are 5 simple ways you can reduce food waste in your home ️

A typical household of four tosses out about $1,600 worth of food annually. Up to 40% of the food that's produced never makes it to our mouths, and all this waste is enough to fill the highest skyscraper in Chicago 44 times a year, according to an estimate by the Department of Agriculture. Meanwhile, 1 in 8 Americans struggle with food scarcity.

Our discarded food often ends up in landfills, where it rots and then starts to emit methane — a greenhouse gas far more potent than carbon dioxide. A recent report from the United Nations panel on climate change estimates food waste accounts for as much as 10% of human-induced greenhouse gas emissions.

Source: NPR, full story

 

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