So many times I have done my food shopping with the intent of eating healthy and to not wasting any of the food I bought. Still time and time again I’m throwing out food that spoiled because my attempt at organized cooking has gone out the window. This usually happens because my schedule might have changed causing me to eat while away from home, or sometimes I simply don’t feel up to cooking on any given night. The photo above is an illustration of such a situation. Planning for a photo idea, I looked in my refrigerator for food to use as a stand in for the final shot. Looking at what was available turned out to be mostly produce that had started to go bad. The leafy lettuce was wilted and brown and black in some places. It was the only thing available so I used it instead of going to the store for fresh produce. After making the picture and concluding the lighting and other photo concerns would be fine I could now go ahead and purchase the fresh produce that would be the stars of my photo. Looking at the photo of almost rotten food incased in ice I thought that it speaks about the wasted food I have thrown out so many times before, not that I wanted to. For any of you who find yourself doing the same thing here’s what the EPA has to say about this situation.
Source EPA, http://www2.epa.gov/recycle/reducing-wasted-food-basics for additional info. Most people don’t realize how much food they throw away every day — from uneaten leftovers to spoiled produce. More than 96 percent of the food we throw away ends up in landfills. In 2011, we landfilled more than 36 million tons of food waste. Once in landfills, food breaks down to produce methane, a potent greenhouse gas which contributes to climate change.
Benefits of Reducing Wasted Food
- Saves money from buying less food.
- Reduces methane emissions from landfills and lowers your carbon footprint.
- Conserves energy and resources, preventing pollution involved in the growing, manufacturing, transporting, and selling food (not to mention hauling the food waste and then landfilling it).
- Supports your community by providing donated untouched food that would have otherwise gone to waste to those who might not have a steady food supply.