“Save the Food!” is becoming a rallying cry for everyone who loves food and hates waste. Even for all of us in the “clean plate club,” wasted food is a much bigger problem than most of us realize:
- In 2010, the average amount of food loss per American was 429 pounds.
- A four-person family loses approximately $1,500 each year on wasted food.
- 48% of fruits and vegetables are thrown away.
- Meanwhile, one in seven Americans is food insecure.
$1,500 a year! Ouch! Throwing away food also wastes all of the water and energy we put into growing the food, the fuel we consumed transporting the food, and the energy the grocery store used refrigerating the food. The good news is that every day we can make small choices that will reduce how much food we waste.
Here are several easy tips to help you reduce food waste within your family:
- Plan your meals for the week.
- Make a shopping list and stick to it.
- Shop bulk bins where you can measure and purchase only the ingredients you need.
- Learn best ways to store your food to maximize its edibility.
To learn more about how you can reduce food waste, follow the Hamilton County Recycling and Solid Waste District on Facebook, visit SaveTheFood.com, or call 513-946-7766.
And remember, save the food!
Michelle Balz is the assistant solid waste manager for Hamilton County Recycling and Solid Waste District