Get out your poster board and your markers because you are going to want to take some serious, if not large and colorful notes on this topic -- food waste. Sounds boring, sounds kind of gross, but I'm here to tell you that it's a problem, my friends. Guess what percentage of the food supply in the U.S. goes uneaten?? Guess.
Oh! Then guess how much money a family of four tosses out in food each year.
You're going to be astounded. Here are the facts:
Gah! Forty percent of food from farm to fork ends up in a landfill? That's disheartening.
So how can you help? Well, for one thing, you can scare your kids with that handy poster you made by pointing out that if they don't clean their plates, the food is going to go to waste, and that's not fair. Just look at those stats, Junior!
If you're not into scare tactics (what are you, some sort of saint?), you could simply avoid over-portioning your family's meals. Don't make more than anyone can eat. Easier said than done, I know, but try a few times by making less than necessary and see how that pans out. If someone's still hungry after dinner, I'm sure you've got a cracker or a piece of fruit lying around.
When we're tossing out over two grand a year in food, and when our trash piles are becoming more and more overwhelmed by edibles when parts of the world go hungry, we gotta try something, right?
Do these stats surprise you?
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