As we enter the season of endless hors d’oeuvres and multi course meals, consider this not-so-festive fact: Nearly half of the food in this country ends up in landfills. Sarah Engler, Editorial Director at Natural Resources Defense Council
Tomorrow is National Food Day. One target of the day is to help people “Eat Real,” which is defined as cutting back on sugar drinks, overly salted packaged foods and fatty, factory-farmed meats. It is a cerebration of healthy, affordable and sustainably produced food. It is estimated that 40 percent of the food in the U.S. goes uneaten and waste from foods makes up 21 percent of all landfill trash. Greenhouse gases generated by decomposing food is equal to emissions from 37 million cars annually.
In addition to all those “starving kids in China” your mother always brought up when you didn’t eat your spinach, think about the nearly 13 percent of people in the U.S. and many millions around the world who struggle for food everyday. Manage what you buy, save and eat leftovers, and find new ways to have less waste at your house.
Affirmation: I “Eat Real” and am careful about waste.
Coaching question/requests: What’s in your refrigerator? If there are bits and pieces of food, consider how you can use them rather than create waste. Make a menu plan and a grocery list and stick to it when you shop.