There are 795 million undernourished people in the world today.
Hunger is a global problem, and malnutrition and hunger is the number one risk to health worldwide.
See the world map of Global Hunger Index (2015).
Yet, when we scrape off our dishes after a large meal, too full to finish the remaining scraps on our plate, we rarely pause and think about the significance of our action. It seems routine to us. The environmental consequences are considerable. A 2009 article published in the journal PLos calculated that food that ends up getting tossed accounts for almost one-quarter of all freshwater use in the country. Additionally, rotting food in open landfills releases significant quantities of methane, a greenhouse gas with a warming potential that is 20 times greater than that of carbon dioxide.
· In the USA, organic waste is the second highest component of landfills, which are the largest source of methane emissions
· In the USA, 30-40% of the food supply is wasted, equaling more than 20 pounds of food per person per month
· Today, only 2 percent of food waste is composted
But you aren’t powerless
Think. Be a smart shopper and think about what you are buying and when it will be eaten. Wasting food is often a subconscious act – become aware of how much food you throw away. Plan meals and use shopping lists. Bring your leftovers home from restaurants in reusable containers.
Eat. Become a more mindful eater. Eyes bigger than your stomach? Request smaller portions and become a leftovers guru.
Save. Save your food, save your money and save the environment. Donate to food banks and become a conscious consumer.
For more ideas: http://www.thinkeatsave.org/
Follow this simple rule: Take what you will eat. Eat, what you take.!