Did you know that, according to the USDA, the average U.S. individual throws out close to 290 pounds of food per year? Or that an average American family of four wastes $1,500 of food per year?
The holidays, times in which many of us eat (and throw away) in excess, provides us with a good opportunity to think about the impacts of our food waste. The USDA estimates that "reducing food losses by just 15 percent would provide enough food for more than 25 million Americans every year, helping to sharply reduce incidences of food insecurity for millions."
This article by Ensia
provides a comprehensive background on the many issues of food waste, as well as links to several good resources we can use to reduce our own food waste at home, during the holidays and beyond.