Food Waste: Its Consequences and How to Prevent it

Sophia Hill 12.17.20

Did you know that the amount of food waste produced in Ohio annually is equivalent to four hundred and eighty three football fields? Just imagine your favorite football field, filled with garbage, four hundred and eighty three times. In Ohio, over 474 pounds of food waste is generated a year in the average household. All of this waste eventually produces gasses that can be up to twenty five times more harmful than carbon dioxide. Not only is this environmentally harmful, but 12 in every 100 people in the United States struggle with hunger. In 2017, 15 million households in America did not have proper access to food. Fortunately, this issue can be helped, and you can make small changes in your lifestyle to reduce this number. Today, I am going to show you how.

To start, the grocery store is the perfect place for people to begin and end their bad wasting habits. Start by not overbuying food. This is a thing a lot of people do without even realizing it! If you think more carefully about each item you buy, and can come to the conclusion that it will likely not be used, don’t hesitate to put it back. If you think there’s any chance that it will expire in your home, avoid buying it. It’s wasteful, and somebody else that is planning on using it could purchase it instead.

If overbuying isn’t your issue, make sure when you’re at the store that you check the expiration dates! For example, say you think you need to buy a gallon of milk. You need the milk in order to make a cake, but you realize that you weren’t planning on making the cake for another three weeks! Maybe you should consider putting it back and coming back later on. It will likely still be there.

If you’re at the store and you are confident that you are properly buying your groceries, but are still producing a lot of food waste, here are some other tips:

THE FREEZER is your friend. Your food will last significantly longer in the freezer than it would in the fridge!

Have you noticed that your fridge is looking a litte full? Perhaps try decluttering your fridge in order to avoid wasting. Out of sight, out of mind! If you find things that are still good in your fridge or pantry you don’t want, consider donating them!

Plan ahead! Meal plans help you decide what you can do if you produce leftover food. Try to avoid throwing recipes together at the last minute all the time.

I hope this helps! By making these small changes to your lifestyle, you could be saving our country and our Earth one step at a time.