Food Waste Prevention Week Starts In California

Food Waste Prevention Week

The average family in the United States wastes 1,000 pounds of food per year. This is equivalent to $1,500. It is estimated that 40 percent of the food in this country is wasted. This creates many problems. When you waste food, you also waste the resources that it took to create, process and transport the food.

This can contribute to climate change. It is estimated that 20 percent of the food that farmers grow end up in the trash. This problem is worse in California because this state has a drought problem. Half of the vegetables, fruits and nuts are grown in this state. That is why the legislators decided to start Food Waste Prevention Week. It will be from March 5-9.

Governor Jerry Brown will work with different agencies during this week in order to raise awareness about food waste. They also encourage people to raise awareness about food waste on social media by using the hashtag #SavetheFoodCA. The state is focusing on reduce, recycle and reuse.

There are many ways that people can benefit by reducing food waste. The cost of creating, handling, purchasing and disposing food that is not eaten will be reduced. Consumers are the main cause of food waste. They waste more food than restaurants and grocery stores combined.

There are many things that people can do in order to reduce the amount of food that they waste. You will need to shop wisely. Plan your meals at least one week in advance and know what you are going to buy before you go to the store. Avoid buying more food than you need.

You will also need to get creative with your leftovers. If you like to buy food in bulk, then you should buy frozen food. Frozen food can last for several months in the freezer. You should check the expiration date on the food. However, some food can still last longer than the expiration date.


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