Reducing Food Waste Should Be Top of Mind
December 31, 2018
“No Taste for Waste” Initiative Starts a Big Conversation
By Mikenzi Meyers, Associate Editor
As we end 2018 and head to 2019, it’s a good idea to think about reducing food waste. CropLife America, a national trade organization that represents manufacturers, formulators, and distributors of pesticides, is working to minimize the amount of food Americans throw away every day. Kellie Bray, Senior Director of Government Affairs for CropLife, encourages Americans to start the conversation of food waste.
“This is a conversation that is so important not only to growers and producers but to consumers and the people who are really cognizant of food issues. Not only making sure that they save money and food in their own homes but making sure too that people who need food have it,” Bray urged.
In order to set this conversation into motion, CropLife, along with the American Farm Bureau and Meredith Corporation, have partnered on an initiative called, “No Taste for Waste.” The initiative has worked to create a "bookazine" that was available in grocery stores and even your local Target.
“It’s a combination of recipes, farmer’s stories, and tips and tricks on how to maximize the food you have now, so nothing goes to waste,” Bray explained.
Get the Facts on Food Waste
- The amount of food wasted in the United States equates to more than 1,250 calories per day, per person, annually.
- Food waste is responsible for at least 2.6 percent of all U.S. greenhouse gas emissions.
- The number one contributor to all landfill content is food waste, contributing around 21 percent each year.
- Each year, between 125 and 160 billion pounds of food are left uneaten in the United States.
- Between 21 to 33 percent of agricultural water use is accounted for by food waste.
- Cropland of uneaten food accounts for between 18 to 28 percent of U.S. total cropland, which is more than the entire state of New Mexico.
- Households are responsible for the largest portion of all food waste. At 238 pounds of food per person, that equals 76 billion pounds!
- Many farmers cut back on food waste by using unsold produce as feed for livestock or compost in the soil.
For more information on how to prevent food waste, visit: notasteforwaste.org