According to the NIH:
Food waste contributes to excess consumption of freshwater and fossil fuels which, along with methane and CO2 emissions from decomposing food, impacts global climate change. [...] We found that US per capita food waste has progressively increased by ~50% since 1974 reaching more than 1400 kcal per person per day or 150 trillion kcal per year. Food waste now accounts for more than one quarter of the total freshwater consumption and ~300 million barrels of oil per year.
What do you do to reduce the food you waste in your day to day?
More on Food Waste at Eat Drink Better:
- Think Twice Before Throwing Out: 6 Ways to Rehabilitate Aging Food and Curb Waste
- Reducing Take Out Waste
- Reducing Food Waste: Making the Most of Our Abundance