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Posted on February 24, 2017
If you’ve ever seen a statistic about how much food never gets eaten and goes to waste, you know the numbers are big. This many million tons per nation or person. Or X amount compared to the volume of landfills or sports stadiums. The big numbers have impact, no doubt. But how about a smaller number? Think 1 in 4. Those are calories. According to the World Resources Institute, one in four calories of all food produced for human consumption are lost or wasted.
That brings it home, doesn’t it? To put it in perspective, a moderately active woman 21 to 45 years old maintains her weight on 2,000 calories a day (USDA). Take away 500 calories day after day after day, and she’s hungry and losing weight. That’s what food waste ultimately translates to. All those calories lost or wasted could be nourishing people close to home and around the world.
The good news is that understanding the issue on a personal level is how we can start making a difference. As individuals, there are some challenges such as food spoilage during harvest or shipment we can’t easily address, but we can do our part where we live. Here are three ideas:
And if you buy something and change your mind about using it, before it expires donate it to a local food shelf. Here at Daiya, we donate to food banks in Vancouver, Calgary, Montreal, Portland and more every year.
Together, we can turn the tables on food waste. For more ideas on reducing waste at home, check the United States Environmental Protection Agency.
February 24, 2016