At ROOT, we strive to connect our customers to a sustainable food system through accessible, affordable small-scale gardens. We believe that by providing people with a tool to grow what they will use, we can help reduce waste and provide an avenue away from the damaging effects of large-scale industrialized farming.
One impact of industrialized farming is soaring food prices in places where many are going hungry and tremendous waste where excess is routine. In a time of so much social and political unrest in the world, the problem of food waste is staggering. According to the World Resources Institute (WRI):
- About one-third of all food produced worldwide, worth around US$1 trillion, gets lost or wasted in food production and consumption systems – that is the equivalent of 1 in 4 calories intended for consumption never actually being eaten
- Every year, consumers in industrialized countries waste almost as much food as the entire net food production of sub-Saharan Africa (222 million vs. 230 million tons)
- 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
As we go into the 2015 holiday season, use the following tips to help reduce your impact on the food waste crisis:
Plan – Plan your meals and use shopping lists. Bring your leftovers home from restaurants in reusable containers. Think before you throw away!
Measure. Are you eyes bigger than your stomach? Only order what you can eat.
Become a Conscious Consumer. Buy what you can consume. Don’t waste. Donate to food banks.
Learn more about how you can reduce your footprint with the Think.Eat.Save Campaign.