In 2013, Americans threw away 204 million pounds of turkey, according to the NRDC. That’s $277 million worth. Or put another way: the resources it took to grow those turkeys is the equivalent to the amount of water needed to supply New York City for 100 days. The US Department of Agriculture reports that 35 percent of turkey is not consumed during the holiday season.
There are a number of apps you can install on your smartphone to help you shop and buy the right amount of food for a big meal.
Food waste is often mentioned in the news lately. Forty percent of food in America goes to waste and the annual estimated retail value of wasted food in the United States is more than $165 billion. Food is also the largest component of waste in our landfills. As food rots, it emits methane, a gas 20 times more harmful than CO2.
But there’s good news: most food waste is preventable.
Tossing an apple is like pouring 25 gallons of water down the drain, and the average American does that 17 times a year
The people behind this year’s Feeding the 5000 food waste awareness event are back, and this time they’re getting creative in the kitchen in order to produce an elegant dinner made with food that might otherwise get tossed.
Use-by and best-before dates have been endowed with an authority they do not deserve, and allow food manufacturers and supermarkets to play around with the concepts of freshness and safety
It’s estimated that the world yields 110 million tons of citrus fruits annually, with oranges accounting for more than half of that production volume. Given that not every part of the fruit is put to use, that’s a lot of waste.