Food waste is the number one leading cause of greenhouse gas emissions with over 3.3 gigatons (over 7 trillion pounds) of CO2 equivalent every year. The reason for such a large footprint is that food takes up resources at every step in the process - it starts out with taking land, water, electricity, fuel, and fertilizer to grow, then it takes fuel and manpower to harvest, then it is stored in a temperature controlled environment and travels from around the world, through distributors to reach your favorite grocery store waiting to be taken home. By the time it reaches your home and your fridge, a single strawberry has used up a ton of resources.
Reducing food waste has two main benefits:
1. It saves you MONEY
2. It lowers your carbon footprint
The average american household (4 people) wastes $1600 of food each year. To save this money - simple things like pantry audits before you go grocery shopping, shopping smart, reorganizing your fridge to ensure you can see everything, planning your meals, storing your foods properly, eating your leftovers, reusing the parts of food that you would normally throw away and composting are all ways that you can reduce food waste. As food scientists, we are always trying to optimize our resources and working on finding creative ways to use our ingredients. Follow us to learn the tips and tricks to help you save as much as you can in this department.
To get started on your journey: - Check out our article on step 1: Figure out why you waste food. with a downloadable worksheet
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Sheetal Bahirat - I am the founder & CEO of Reveal. I am an entrepreneur, a foodie, a yogi, a dreamer, a do-er, an artist, a food waste warrior and striving for a zerowaste life. Find me here on Instagram
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