15951717452_db57fddd28_bFood is the largest source of waste in the United States.

Most of the wasted food is thrown away by consumers at home, and the most tossed foods are fruits and vegetables.

97% of the wasted food ends up in landfills, where it breaks down anaerobically (without oxygen), and emits methane, a greenhouse gas 20-30 times as powerful as carbon dioxide in its contribution to climate change.

So, what can we do? Here are a few simple tips to curb your own food waste!

  • Take a doggie bag when going out to dinner! Restaurants are another big contributor to food waste, and most diners leave food on their plates and don’t take it home to eat later.
  • Think twice about tossing food because of date labels They are not regulated and most of the time have nothing to do with how safe the food is to eat. Click here to watch a fascinating five minute film about date labels created by the Harvard Food Law and Policy Clinic.
  • Make sure you’re storing food properly Produce keeps longer in the refrigerator. When food is about to spoil, freeze it, or cook it! You can even prepare a dish and then freeze it for a later meal. One example is peeling and freezing overripe bananas in a Ziploc bag to use to make best smoothies, banana bread, and banana ice cream!
Check out the campaign launched by the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Ad Council called Save the Food, and get inspired to start reducing your own food waste at home!