Stop Food Waste. Value Food More.

Sustainable America just launched a new initiative to reduce food waste: I Value Food. It’s a movement designed to provide a fresh look at food waste’s impact and how we can reduce our food waste footprint.

“Food: We work hard to produce it. So why do we waste it? And what can we do about it? Find out here.”

Take a look…

Watch a Cool Video

The video at the top of the page is a well-produced overview of food waste’s impact on our planet. Watch it. It’ll only take a minute.

Learn More About Waste at Each Meal

Did you know it takes 45 gallons of water to produce one glass of orange juice? The average restaurant meal is 4 times larger than it was in the 1950s? And we throw out more food than plastic or paper? Neither did I. But the folks who developed I Value Food designed an interactive infographic to teach us these and other facts and tips.

Stop Food Waste. Value Food More.

Take a look. It’ll only take a minute.

Take a Quiz

The I Value Food quiz is a way to discover your own food waste load based on your shopping, eating, and food storage habits. I learned that my food waste load is medium — I try my best to not waste food, but I can do better.

Take it. One minute. I promise!

Learn How to Reduce Your Food Waste

Peruse the I Value Food page of down-with-food-waste resources. It’s my favorite part! A one-stop shop with tips to help you…

This will take more than a minute. But what a great set of information — all in one place!

My Take

I remember when I learned that we waste 40% of the food we produce in America. Taking a morning walk, listening to a podcast interview with Jonathan Bloom. It compelled me to learn more, and I Value Food has just made this easier. And I love that the information is not all bad news — telling us how shockingly awful our food waste really is. It flips the script to help us think of food as a valuable resource, like money or water. We don’t waste money, so why do waste so much food?

Thank you, Sustainable America, for caring for our planet and developing this excellent collection of information.

Let’s help them make a difference by diving in, wasting less, and spreading the word to friends and family!

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About the Author

Hi all! I'm Mary Gerush - a recovering corporate worker bee turned good-farm-real-food advocate and writer who wants to help people understand what they're eating. I tend a tiny urban farm in Dallas, TX, and hope to scale up one day soon. Omnivore through-and-through, there's not much I love to eat more than a butter-basted grass fed steak fresh from a searing hot cast iron skillet. Follow me on , , and !
  • Rod Averbuch

    The large amount of food waste is a lose-lose situation for the environment, the struggling families in today’s tough economy and for the food retailers. There is no single cure, or silver bullet for food waste
    reduction therefore, we should address the food waste problem in every link in our food supply chain. For example, the excess inventory of fresh perishables close to their expiration on supermarket shelves, combined with the consumer “Last In First Out” shopping behavior, might be the weakest link of the fresh food supply chain.
    The new open GS1 DataBar standard enables applications that encourage efficient consumer shopping by offering him automatic and dynamic purchasing incentives for fresh perishables approaching their expiration dates before they end up in a landfill.
    The “End Grocery Waste” App, which is based on the open GS1 DataBar standard, encourages efficient consumer shopping behavior that maximizes grocery retailer revenue, makes fresh food affordable for all families and effectively reduces the global carbon footprint.

  • Wilco Meyer

    Nice video, nice article, I like it many, also we at http://www.milk4baby.com have costumers that order to many products for a month, better bye small amounts!

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