USDA News Release
|The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced new resources to inform consumers on how to reduce food waste during the July Fourth holiday and beyond. |
According to USDA research, the average family of four wastes nearly $1,500 worth of food each year. And the food that goes in the trash winds up in a landfill where it creates methane, a greenhouse gas that contributes to climate change.
On July Fourth and all summer long, USDA encourages consumers to use four simple steps to reduce food waste at home.
Plan ahead – Before you go to the grocery store or order online, make a list so you don’t buy more than you need.
Serve smart – portion control is good for your waistline, and good for reducing plate waste.
Love your leftovers – Pack leftovers in small portions in shallow containers, mark the contents and date, and refrigerate or freeze immediately.
Compost, don’t trash – Food in landfills produces harmful methane. You can recycle your food scraps in a home compost bin or at a local compost center.
Learn more about food loss and waste prevention at www.usda.gov/foodlossandwaste.
CDFA’s Food Recovery program has produced a video on the issue.