Carbon fast – Day 15

Be aware of how much food you discard this week.  Look for opportunities to avoid wasting food by planning well and eating leftovers.

What's in your fridge?

I found these stats on food waste startling:

“The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) estimates that Americans waste 30 percent of all edible food produced, bought, and sold in this country, although it acknowledges that this figure is probably low. Recently, two separate groups of scientists, one at the University of Arizona and another at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), published estimates of 40 percent or more. Add up all the losses that occur throughout the food chain, the NIH researchers say, and Americans, on average, waste 1,400 calories a day per person, or about two full meals.”¹

This article explains why/how this egregious level of waste occurs — it will help you start thinking about food waste and ways to reduce it.

Veggies lost their luster?  Cut them up and make a soup or stew.  Fruit on its last legs?  Toss it into the blender with some milk, juice, or yogurt to make a smoothie.

What are your tips and tricks for avoiding food waste?

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Image of rotting food from

1. Wright, Laura.  “How to Wage War on Food Waste.” Available on the web at

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